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Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 1999 Nov;9(4):581-94.

The descriptive epidemiology of brain tumors.

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  • 1Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60612-7260, USA.


Brain tumors have been the subject of controversy both with respect to patterns of occurrence and to potential causes. This article provides a description of current data resources on brain tumors and outlines issues affecting the interpretation of population-based data. A template for estimating regional expected values for brain tumors is provided, and current patterns of incidence, survival, and conditional survival are described. The occurrence of second primary tumors and quality of life studies are also reviewed.

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