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Navarra Cancer Registry

Contact Info

Servicio de EpidemiologĂ­a
Instituto de Salud PĂșblica
C/. Leyre, 15
Dr. Eva Ardanaz Aicua


Registration area

The Navarra Cancer Registry covers the autonomous community of Navarra in northern Spain. In 2005, the population was 593 000, with 14% aged less than 15 years and 17.5% aged more than 65 years. About 50% of residents live in Pamplona (the capital) and the surrounding area (and 33% live in Pamplona proper).

Cancer care facilities

The public health system covers 95% of the population. There are three areas with referral hospitals. Cancer care is based on primary prevention (promotion of healthy lifestyles), secondary prevention (screening for breast cancer), and tertiary prevention. All patients suspected to have cancer receive the appropriate diagnostic tests. Cancer treatment and follow-up is provided by both the public and the private sectors.

Registry structure and methods

The registry is staffed by an epidemiologist, two nurses (who collect and code the data), and an administrative assistant. An advisory committee also works with the registry. Notification of cancer cases is voluntary. Data are actively collected from the records of pathology, haematology, radiotherapy, and oncology services. Incidence data are complemented with information from the mortality registry. Data are collected using forms and stored electronically. The registry routinely performs quality checks, and uses the IARC/IACR rules for multiple primary tumours. Since 2003, data have been coded according to ICD-O-3.

Interpreting the results

During the registration period there were no changes in the area covered or the availability of diagnostic or treatment services.

Use of the data

The registry publishes periodic incidence reports. It also promotes and facilitates research and provides information required for the planning and evaluation of activities and programmes against cancer. The registry collaborates on major multicentre studies such as the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), MCC-SPAIN, EUROCARE, and EUROPREVAL. Registry data are submitted to various IARC initiatives, such as Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, the European Cancer Incidence and Mortality (EUROCIM) database, and the Automated Childhood Cancer Information System (ACCIS).


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