Thursday, January 1, 2009

Updated and new files on neoplasm occurrences, by age

Happy New Year!

I've just uploaded a new version of my previously published file on the age distribution of occurrences for 626 different types of cancers.

This file is intended to be a resource for pathologists, epidemiologists and cancer researchers.

I've also uploaded a new file on cancers with multimodal age distributions (i.e., more than one peak in the age distribution for the neoplasm).

I'll be discussing this file in the next several blog posts.

-© 2009 Jules Berman
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