Prevalence of cancer in the elderly: discrepancies between self-reported and registry data

Br J Cancer. 1997;75(3):445-7. doi: 10.1038/bjc.1997.74.


Data on self-reported cancer by a sample of 3349 elderly persons in the south-west of France were validated against registry data in the same region: only 21% of the persons on the cancer registry reported occurrence of cancer. Breast cancer was found to be most frequently accurately reported.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Aged*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Registries
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surveys and Questionnaires