Methods of Age Adjustment

  • J. Wahrendorf
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 114)


Measuring the occurrence of diseases in populations is routinely performed by computing cause-specific incidence or mortality statistics. There is an urgent need to render such statistics comparable between populations, since the incidence or mortality of chronic diseases such as cancer depend heavily on age, and populations may have different compositions with respect to age. It is the purpose of this short paper to review systematically the methods available for age adjustment and to discuss their relative merits.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Wahrendorf
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  1. 1.Institut für Epidemiologie und BiometrieDeutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelbergGermany

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