Cancer Registration: Principles and Methods (I a R C by O. M. Jensen D. M. Parkin R. MacLennan C. S. Muir R. Skeet

By O. M. Jensen D. M. Parkin R. MacLennan C. S. Muir R. Skeet

This e-book is the traditional reference handbook of melanoma registration method and makes use of. It offers instructions on all elements, equivalent to the institution of a registry, assortment, coding, verification and research of knowledge, and the makes use of to which melanoma registry info should be placed. Emphasis is on population-based registration, which gives details on an outlined inhabitants and allows calculation of occurrence charges. Such registries are worthy in melanoma epidemiology (identification of attainable aetiological factors), in making plans wellbeing and fitness companies, and in tracking the effectiveness of melanoma prevention and remedy.

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Nonetheless, in a survey of 61 cancer registries which supplied data for Volume IV of the monograph series Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, it was found that one staff member was necessary for each 1000 or so new cases occurring annually in the population covered by the registry (Menck & Parkin, 1986). The staff of a registry consists of persons with professional and technical training and experience. In many places it is considered that the registry director should be medically qualified, with a background and interest in epidemiology or public health, and some knowledge of oncology.

Descriptions of four cancer registries with very different methods of working are given in Appendix 3. The Thames registry employs peripatetic field staff who visit large hospitals on several days a week, while smaller hospitals are visited at a frequency which depends on their cancer case load. The registry of Cali, Colombia, receives case reports routinely from the major hospitals and pathology laboratories, and from the X-ray, haematology and radiotherapy departments, mainly through the secretarial and clerical staff.

However, it is important that cases with no other information than the death certificate should be identified as registration from death certificate only. Cases which are registered on the basis of the diagnosis cancer appearing on the death certificate, but for which the diagnosis is later proved to be wrong (for example by follow-back of clinical records, or at autopsy) are best excluded. If retained, they should be specially flagged, and not included in the analysis of incident cases. death certificates only is often taken as an indicator of the quality of the registration process.

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