Journal article

Validity of self-reported cancer: Comparison between self-report versus cancer registry records in the Geelong Osteoporosis Study

Stephanie P Cowdery, Amanda L Stuart, Julie A Pasco, Michael Berk, David Campbell, Lana J Williams



BACKGROUND: Determining the validity of self-reported data is important. The aim of this study was to assess the validity of self-reported cancer and investigate factors associated with accurate reporting in men and women. METHODS: Study participants (n = 1727) from the Geelong Osteoporosis Study, located in south-eastern Australia, were utilised. Self-reported cancer data were compared to Victorian Cancer Registry records. Age, socioeconomic status (SES), education and time between cancer diagnosis and study appointment were investigated as factors associated with accuracy of self-report. RESULTS: There were 142 participants who self-reported a cancer and 135 with a VCR record. Comparing se..

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Awarded by Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Awarded by NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowships

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Investigator grant

Funding Acknowledgements

The Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS) has received funding from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (ID 91-0095), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; ID 251638, ID 299831, ID 628582) of Australia. The funding organisations played no role in the design or conduct of the study, in the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data, nor in the preparation, review and approval of the manuscript. SPC is supported by a PhD stipend from IMPACT SRC at Deakin University; MB is supported by NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowships (APP1059660 and APP1156072); and LJW is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1064272) and NHMRC Investigator grant (1174060).