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Belgian Cancer Registry
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Koningstraat 215
Bus 7
Brussel
1210
Belgium
Dr. Elizabeth Van Eycken

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Registration area

The Belgian Cancer Registry covers the Kingdom of Belgium. In 2010, the population was 10.8 million (17% aged more than 65 years). The life expectancy at birth was 77.2 years for males and 82.4 years for females.

Cancer care facilities

Medical care is easily accessible, and cancer care is provided by general and academic hospitals. In 2010, there were 3.6 physicians per 1000 residents. Medical insurance is mandatory, and more than 99% of the population is covered.

Registry structure and methods

Belgium’s seven health insurance companies have been collecting data on new cancer diagnoses since 1983. Due to the incompleteness of these data, various local registries were started in the Flemish Region (in the northern part of Belgium). These local initiatives were integrated into the Flemish Cancer Registry Network in 1998, and data for the Flemish Region were included in Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume VIII. The Belgian Cancer Registry was founded in 2005, and Belgium has implemented oncology and cancer registration laws resulting in complete national coverage since 2004. The registry uses both passive and active data collection. All data are submitted electronically. The registry uses the national registration number as a unique patient identifier, which enables accurate records linkage and follow-up of vital status.

Interpreting the results

There were no regional or national organized screening programmes for cervical or breast cancer until 2001, but many women regularly received Pap testing and mammography. In June 2001, a national breast cancer screening programme was launched among women aged 50–69 years. There are also local screening initiatives for cervical cancer and malignant melanoma. Opportunistic prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing is becoming increasingly common.

Use of the data

Annual incidence data tabulated by sex, age, primary site, and geographical location are available from the registry’s website (http://www.belgiancancerregistry.be/). More detailed analyses of incidence and survival are regularly reported in various publications. The registry is also involved in evaluating screening programmes and quality-of-care projects, and supports the initial setup of quality-of-care projects.

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