The authors briefly survey general aspects of crucial importance for the proper functioning of the National Cancer Registry, such as legislation, collected data, identification of patients, the completeness and validity of its content in relation to the results and conclusions of a comprehensive, national supervision performed after the Melanoma Consensus Conference. Compared to earlier national controlling attempts, the present supervision was highly successful: doctors of various hospitals did perform the detailed control of diagnosis in 95.81% of 1361 melanoma patients announced in 2001. They checked whether patients given the C43 BNO code had melanoma indeed, searched for those who received a different BNO code and identified those not announced for any reason to the Registry. After correction the Registry included 1117 new cases of melanoma in 2001. The authors state that the conclusions from this supervision may enhance the reliability not only of the data base of the Registry but that of the hospitals as well.
|Translated title of the contribution||New cases of melanoma as documented in the National Cancer Registry|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2003|
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