A comparative review of CISNET breast models used to analyze U.S. breast cancer incidence and mortality trends.

MS, Cornerstone Systems Northwest Inc, Lynden, WA 98264, USA.
JNCI Monographs 02/2006; DOI: 10.1093/jncimonographs/lgj013
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ABSTRACT The CISNET Breast Cancer program is a National Cancer Institute-sponsored collaboration composed of seven research groups that have modeled the impact of screening and adjuvant treatment on trends in breast cancer incidence and mortality over the period 1975-2000 (base case). This collaboration created a unique opportunity to make direct comparison of results from different models of population-based cancer screening produced in response to the same question. Comparing results in all but the most cursory way necessitates comparison of the models themselves. Previous chapters have discussed the models individual in detail. This chapter will aid the reader in understanding key areas of difference between the models. A focused analysis of differences and similarities between the models is presented with special attention paid to areas deemed most likely to contribute substantially to the results of the target analysis.

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