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Lung and Breast Cancer

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Lung and Breast Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women and men both in the United States and throughout the world. Lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. In this unit, let's explore the epidemiology of these two cancers.

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Assuming perfect information, which measure - mortality, incidence, or survival - is the best index of possible progress against cancer? Why is that?

In the public health real world, is there such a thing as "perfect information"?

How has data been used and misused to convey information?

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Assuming perfect information, which measure - mortality, incidence, or survival - is the best index of possible progress against cancer? Why is that?

Mortality is the best index of progress against cancer. Mortality reveals the pattern of risk of dying of cancer, and thus the mortality rate reflects what has happened to our population in terms of individuals who have been diagnosed in the past (Weir et al., 2003). Those who are dying today of cancer reflect what happened to them when they were diagnosed at the treatment that was available to them. Mortality is also useful in measuring progress against cancer because death is a finite, and precisely recorded event. It is not as unsure as recording symptoms or quality of life, but instead is an absolute state. Mortality can also provide insight into survival rates of those with a particular type of cancer. A lower mortality rate but still the same amount of people being diagnosed may mean technology ...

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The expert examines lung and breast cancer.

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