Improving the ability to plan and evaluate cancer programmes in the world’s poorest regions is an urgent need. The scale of the problem calls for unprecedented action from many sectors. Cancer information systems based on registries form an essential pathway to achieving these goals.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has brought together diverse Partners to address important public health gaps. This coordinated approach is focused on sharing knowledge and adopting proven methods effectively across settings. Matching the right resources to align with the needs of developing countries delivers greater impact.
The process of working through regional centres (termed Hubs) to provide technical and advocacy support to cancer registries is creating a paradigm shift. Informed through evidence, organized strategies are being implemented that are changing the way that cancer registry information is being developed and used in prevention and control efforts. Timely, directed support has generated momentum in advancing the utility of registries as a key resource.
As part of the global registry network, countries can be provided with the means to sustain meaningful input that guides cancer prevention and control programmes. Cancer registration is always feasible, even in lower-resource settings. Innovative approaches that complement regular training courses are contributing new tools and mechanisms to enable registries to benefit from expert advice. The resulting legacy being built for less developed countries is that of core infrastructure and staff with the skills to demonstrate the value of cancer registry information in policy models.