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In compiling official mortality statistics, rules for selecting the underlying cause of death have changed twice in the last 20 years in England. Mortality statistics for most types of cancer were not greatly affected, but there were significant effects on coding for cancers of colon, liver, breast, prostate, testis and bladder, and for lymphoma and leukaemia.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/sj.bjc.6601633

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Cancer

Publication Date

08/03/2004

Volume

90

Pages

1019 - 1021

Keywords

Cause of Death, Death Certificates, England, Female, Humans, Male, Neoplasms, Survival Rate, Time Factors