Completeness of case ascertainment at the National Cancer Registry, Ireland

Publication date: 
December, 2020
Related staff: 
Mr Eamonn O'Leary (former staff)
Dr Paul Walsh (former staff)
NCRI has very high levels of completeness in its registered data, with completeness of cases in 2010 estimates at 97.2% within 5 year of diagnosis for all invasive cancers combined, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers

Completeness for 2010 incidence of all invasive cancers excluding NMSC was estimated at 97.2% within five years of incidence.

For the four cancers with the highest incidence, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, female breast cancer and prostate cancer, five year completeness was estimated at 99.0%, 98.7%, 99.3% and 96.2% respectively.

This indicates that NCRI has achieved very high levels of case ascertainment, which is essential when providing analysis in respect of the current level of cancer in the country and when providing input in to future planning of cancer services.

Completeness has shown little change, or increased slightly, between 2005 and 2010, for all cancers excluding NMSC, with small increases for three of the four most common cancers, namely colorectal, female breast, and prostate cancer

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