A comparison of national cancer registry and direct follow-up in the ascertainment of ovarian cancer

Br J Cancer. 1999 Aug;80(11):1826-7. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6690605.


The National Health Service Central Register (NHSCR) and direct follow-up were used to document ovarian and fallopian tube cancers in 22000 women from 1986 to 1993. Direct follow-up identified 47/49 cases (96%) and the NHSCR 38/49 (78%). NHSCR ascertainment was incomplete and direct follow-up provided additional information. These findings have implications for interpretation of national cancer statistics and for use of the NHSCR in research trials.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Postmenopause
  • Registries
  • State Medicine
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom