Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development

The threat to human and economic development posed by the growing burden of cancer in low- and middle-income countries is widely recognized. Cancer is now one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with an estimated 12.7 million new cases and 7.6 million deaths in 2008.

With over 7 million of these new cases and 4.8 million of the deaths, the developing world is bearing over half of this burden, but is the least equipped to cope with this situation. Cancer in developing countries is also more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and, therefore, be less responsive to treatment.
This situation will become worse in the future due to the expected increase in the global population and as a result of ageing: it is predicted that by 2030 the number of new cancer cases will increase to more than 21 million, and cancer-related deaths to 13 million. Without evidence-based cancer planning and control interventions, 60–70% of the global cancer burden will occur in developing countries.

These global figures are made possible by the work of population-based cancer registries, which provide the means of estimating the burden of cancer in different communities. The Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (GICR) convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and backed by several international, regional, and major national organizations aims to place cancer and its surveillance firmly on the emerging global NCD agenda: developing the capacity to produce reliable, high-quality information on the burden of cancer so that effective policies for cancer control may be developed, implemented and evaluated. Read More


Los webinars en español sobre CanReg5 empiezan el lunes 17 de marzo a las 11:00 horas de Argentina
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External evaluation of population-based cancer registries: the REDEPICAN Guide for Latin America
Evaluación externa de registros de cáncer de base Poblacional: la Guía REDEPICAN para América latina. Rev Panam Salud Publica 34(5), 2013

Webinar: Cancer Surveillance for the Caribbean
A webinar series will address aspects of cancer surveillance relevant to the Caribbean. The overall goal is to stimulate the strengthening of cancer registration and collaborative research in the Caribbean and strategic use of the information for national cancer control plans and programs. The intended audience includes Public Health Managers, Cancer Researchers, Clinicians, Cancer Registrars and representatives from the Ministries of Health and Non-Governmental Organizations.
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Foro virtual de discusion del nodo regional para América latina
El foro de discusión del nodo regional para América latina (LA) es activo. Está creado para todos aquellos que trabajan en la registración de datos, procesamiento de bases y análisis de información de cáncer. El propósito de este foro es permitir a la comunidad de registros de expresar sus intereses y necesidades, para que el programa de trabajo del nodo sea lo más adecuado posible.
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GICR is endorsed by

American Cancer Society African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dutch Cancer Society European Network of Cancer Registries International Association of Cancer Registries IAEA Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy International Network for Cancer Treatment and Prevention North American Association of Central Cancer Registries NCI Center for Global Health Pan American Health Organization Red de Institutos Nacionales de Cancer Tata Memorial Center Union for International Cancer Control World Health Organization
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