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Br J Cancer. Dec 2000; 83(11): 1556–1558.
Published online Nov 22, 2000. doi:  10.1054/bjoc.2000.1493
PMCID: PMC2363417
The incidence of breast cancer in the General Practice Research Database compared with national cancer registration data
J A Kaye,1,2 L E Derby,2 M del Mar Melero-Montes,2 M Quinn,3 and H Jick2
1Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115, USA
2Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program, Boston University School of Medicine, 11 Muzzey Street, Lexington, MA, 02421, USA
3National Cancer Intelligence Centre, Office for National Statistics, 1 Drummond Gate, London, SW1V 2QQ, UK
Received June 12, 2000; Revised August 21, 2000; Accepted August 21, 2000.
Abstract
Breast cancer incidence rates in the UK from 1990 to 1996 among women aged 35–69 estimated from the General Practice Research Database (GPRD) were closely similar to those reported by the Office for National Statistics from cancer registration data (ONS). The GPRD is a valuable and up-to-date resource for further study of the incidence of breast cancer in the UK as well as changes in cancer treatment and their relation to survival trends. © 2000 Cancer Research Campaign http://www.bjcancer.com
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