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Document ID (ISN)66743
CIS number 96-611
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Veys C.A.
Title Towards causal inference in occupational cancer epidemiology - II. Getting the count right
Bibliographic information Apr.1993, Vol.37, No.2, p.181-189. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract This paper assesses causal inference in occupational cancer epidemiology and highlights the importance of using the right data sources when examining the association between exposure and tumour incidence. At first the study was confined to a mortality analysis using death certificates but it became apparent that several cases had outlived the end-date of the study or had died of an unrelated cause not associated with tumours. The study was changed to include morbidity (incidence) data using cancer registration. Some guidelines, which derive from perusal of the five-year relative survival rates (RSR) and of the ratio of cancer registrations to deaths (R/D) are put forward to help researchers in deciding whether mortality or morbidity is the appropriate statistic for the analysis contemplated.
Descriptors (primary) aetiology; occupation disease relation; risk factors; cancer; evaluation of technique; epidemiology
Descriptors (secondary) 2-naphthylamine; morbidity; mortality; bladder tumour; hazard evaluation; antioxidants; long-term study; mathematical analysis; tyre manufacturing industry; frequency rates; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Epidemiology