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Using Public Health Data to Evaluate Screening Programs: Application to Prostate Cancer

Ruth Etzioni, Larry Kessler and Dante Dl Tommaso

in Monitoring the Health of Populations

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780195146493
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864928 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146493.003.0006
Using Public Health Data to Evaluate Screening Programs: Application to Prostate Cancer

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This chapter describes the use of computer modeling to quantify the link between prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening and prostate cancer incidence and mortality. Data resources for both cancer surveillance and PSA screening are outlined and an approach to modeling both prostate cancer mortality and incidence is presented. The models can be formalized as a statistical framework for inference by developing a likelihood function for the key variables that link PSA screening and prostate cancer incidence. The chapter also reviews alternative modeling approaches and other methods that have been used to address the link between PSA screening and population trends in prostate cancer mortality.

Keywords: cancer surveillance; cancer trends; cancer screening; prostate-specific antigen; PSA; computer modeling; mortality

Chapter.  7434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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