Register-based studies of cancer screening effects

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INTRODUCTION: There are two organised cancer screening programmes in Denmark, against cervical and breast cancers. The aim with this study was to give an overview of the available register-based research regarding these two programmes, to demonstrate the usefulness of data from the national registers. RESEARCH TOPICS: The register-based studies on cancer screening in Denmark could be grouped into research concerning effectiveness, in terms of mortality and incidence reduction, short-term indicators, e.g. in relation to recommended quality assurance indicators, and side effects, e.g. as false-positive results and overdiagnosis. CONCLUSION: The results indicate that registers have proven to be a valuable tool in evaluating the effects of ongoing screening activities. As they cannot be systematically used to test new screening technologies, register-based studies should not be seen as an alternative to randomised controlled trials, but as a supplement.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesScandinavian Journal of Public Health. Supplement
Issue number7 Suppl
Pages (from-to)158-164
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • Breast Neoplasms, Denmark, Female, Humans, Mammography, Mass Screening, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Program Evaluation, Registries, Uterine Cervical Neoplasms, Vaginal Smears

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