Trends in net survival from 15 cancers in six European Latin countries: The SUDCAN population-based study material

E. Crocetti, N. Bossard, Z. Uhry, L. Roche, R. Capocaccia, Stefania Rossi, R. Capocaccia, J. Faivre, GRELL EUROCARE-5 Working Group, Roberta De Angelis, Massimiliano Caldora, E. Carrani, Silvia Giovanna Luisa Francisci, Sandra Mallone, Daniela Pierannunzio, Paolo Roazzi, Mariano Santaquilani, andrea tavilla

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The aim of the SUDCAN collaborative study was to compare the net survival from 15 cancers diagnosed in 2000-2004 in six European Latin countries and provide trends in net survival and dynamics of excess mortality rates up to 5 years after diagnosis from 1992 to 2004 in France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland, and from 2000 to 2004 in Belgium and Portugal. This paper presents a detailed description of the data analyzed and quality indicators. Incident cases from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland were retrieved from 56 general or specialized population-based cancer registries that participated in the EUROCARE-5 database. Fifteen cancer sites were analyzed. The data were checked according to the EUROCARE protocol. The percentages of excluded cases, cases based on death-certificate only, cases lost to follow-up at 5 years after diagnosis, and the proportions of microscopically verified cases were evaluated across countries and cancer sites. Data exclusions for major flaws were negligible. Cases based on death-certificate only were quite rare, except for some poor-prognosis cancers in some countries. The site-specific proportions of microscopically verified cases were generally high, but slightly lower in Italy than elsewhere. The percentage of cases lost to follow-up at 5 years after diagnosis was generally low. The net survival analyses in 2000-2004 included 873 314 tumors, whereas trend analyses included 1 426 004 tumors. The quality of the data analyzed was generally good. In fact, the analyzed data have been already checked and accepted for EUROCARE-5. However, slight differences in quality indexes, for some cancers, should be kept in mind in the interpretation of survival comparisons across countries. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S3-S8
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue numberS3-S8
Publication statusPublished - 2017



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  • Cancer registries
  • Data collection
  • Europe
  • Net survival
  • Article
  • Belgium
  • breast cancer
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  • cancer mortality
  • cancer prognosis
  • cancer registry
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  • clinical protocol
  • colon cancer
  • death certificate
  • esophagus cancer
  • European
  • follow up
  • France
  • head and neck cancer
  • human
  • Italy
  • kidney cancer
  • liver cancer
  • lung cancer
  • malignant neoplasm
  • melanoma
  • mortality rate
  • ovary cancer
  • pancreas cancer
  • Portugal
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  • rectum cancer
  • Spain
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  • factual database
  • health survey
  • mortality
  • multicenter study
  • neoplasm
  • procedures
  • survival analysis
  • survival rate
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  • Databases, Factual
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms
  • Population Surveillance
  • Survival Analysis
  • Survival Rate

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Crocetti, E., Bossard, N., Uhry, Z., Roche, L., Capocaccia, R., Rossi, S., Capocaccia, R., Faivre, J., Group, GRELL. EUROCARE. W., De Angelis, R., Caldora, M., Carrani, E., Francisci, S. G. L., Mallone, S., Pierannunzio, D., Roazzi, P., Santaquilani, M., & tavilla, A. (2017). Trends in net survival from 15 cancers in six European Latin countries: The SUDCAN population-based study material. European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 26(S3-S8), S3-S8.