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J Epidemiol Community Health 63:21 doi:10.1136/jech.2009.096701u
  • Wednesday 9 September, Parallel session A
  • Cancer I

Seasonal variation in birth and diagnosis of cancer in children and young people in Northern England, 1968–2005

  1. N. O. Basta1,
  2. P. W. James1,
  3. A. W. Craft2,
  4. R. J. Q. McNally1
  1. 1
    Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Sir James Spence Institute, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2
    Northern Institute of Cancer Research, Newcastle University, Sir James Spence Institute, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      Objectives

      To investigate seasonal variation in the incidence of cancer in children and young people, using population-based data.

      Setting

      Northern England, UK.

      Design

      Data on all cases were extracted from the Northern Region Young Persons’ Malignant Disease Registry (NRYPMDR). The NRYPMDR is a specialist registry that records cancer cases in children and young adults covering the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham, Teesside, and Cumbria (excluding Barrow-in-Furness).

      Participants

      All cancer cases aged 0–24 diagnosed during the period 1968–2005 and …