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Under-ascertainment of multiple myeloma among participants in UK atmospheric atomic and nuclear weapons tests
  1. S R Roff
  1. Correspondence to:
 S R Roff
 Dundee University Medical School, 484 Perth Road, Dundee DD2 1LR, UK;


An inter-comparison of cases of multiple myeloma among UK participants in the UK’s atmospheric atomic and nuclear weapons tests ascertained by direct follow up methods detected at least a third more cases than a strategy relying solely on data linkage between the Office of National Statistics and the Service Records Offices. These finding have implications for the conduct and robustness of follow up studies of long term health effects among participants in nuclear weapons tests.

  • ascertainment strategies
  • multiple myeloma
  • follow up studies
  • nuclear veterans

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