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On socioeconomic gradients in cancer registry data quality
  1. Francis P Boscoe1,
  2. Colleen Sherman2
  1. 1New York State Cancer Registry, New York State Department of Health, Albany, USA
  2. 2Public Health Representative, New York State Cancer Registry
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr F P Boscoe
 New York State Cancer Registry, New York State Department of Health, 536 Corning Tower ESP, Albany, NY 12237, USA; fpb01{at}

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A study in this journal found evidence of variation in cancer registry data quality according to the residence of the patient.1 Patients from more affluent areas were more likely to have information on tumour stage and tumour grade recorded than those in less affluent areas. No relation was found among cases registered by death certificate only. The authors surmised that these differences could result from differences in the degree of investigation accorded to patients of different backgrounds, or to some other aspect of the data collection process.

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