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Manche Cancer Registry

Contact Info

Unité Fonctionnelle No. 0323
Centre Hospitalier Public du Cotentin
46, rue du Val de Saire
B.P. 208
Cherbourg-Octeville cedex
France (metropolitan)
Dr. Simona Bara


Registration area

The Manche Cancer Registry is a general population-based registry that covers the population of the department of Manche, which is located in the Lower Normandy region of France. The department has 330 km of coastline and a total area of 5938 km2. At the 2007 census, the population was 495 000. The population is slightly older than the national average and is mainly rural, with only 48% of residents living in Manche’s five urban areas.

Cancer care facilities

The level of medical coverage in Manche is relatively low. There are 11 public hospitals (general and local) and seven private care facilities. There are no specialized cancer centres in the department, but there are two radiotherapy units: a private unit in the south and a public unit in the north, which is a delocalized facility associated with the regional cancer care centre in the neighbouring department of Calvados.

Registry structure and methods

The registry began its activities in 1994. It is based in the general hospital in Cherbourg and was created by an association of practitioners in the department. The registry is supported by the Institute for Public Health Surveillance, the General Council of Manche, the local chapter of the French League Against Cancer, the department’s communes, and other local organizations. It is affiliated with the French network of cancer registries (FRANCIM). The registry is staffed by a medical epidemiologist and other employees filling 4.5 full-time equivalent positions. Data are actively collected from regional sources, including pathology and cytology laboratories, oncology and radiotherapy services, and hospitals’ medical records departments. After initial notifications, every file is checked in regional (private and public) medical facilities and then coded to ICD-O. All invasive and in situ cancers are registered except basal cell carcinomas of the skin. Death certificates are not used as a source of data.

Interpreting the results

Manche has an organized breast cancer screening programme for women aged 50–74 years, which was started in 2004.

Use of the data

The registry publishes basic descriptive data and participates in collaborative studies at the national and international level.


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