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Bas-Rhin Cancer Registry

Contact Info

Laboratoire d''Epid
4 rue Kirschleger
France (metropolitan)
Prof. Michel Velten


Registration area

The Bas-Rhin Cancer Registry covers the population of the department of Bas-Rhin, which is located in the northern half of the Alsace region of France, on the west side of the Rhine River (which serves as a natural border with Germany). The department has a total area of 4758 km2 and a maximum altitude of 1100 m (in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains). The population density of Bas-Rhin is 217 residents/km2, and 44% of residents live in the urban district of Strasbourg, the regional capital. In 2005, the life expectancy in Bas-Rhin was 77 years for males and 83 years for females. Approximately 66% of the economically active population works in the service sector, 25% in industry (mainly the mechanical and electrical construction industries and the food industry), and 2% in agriculture. Bas-Rhin is a relatively wealthy department; incomes are high, as is consumer spending – notably on food.

Cancer care facilities

Bas-Rhin residents have a high level of access to medical care, with 440 hospital beds per 100 000 residents. There are 1900 general practitioners and 2200 specialists registered in the department. The Alsace regional comprehensive cancer centre is located in Strasbourg, as is the regional university hospital.

Registry structure and methods

Cancer registration is active; doctors from the registry regularly visit the many data sources to distribute an epidemiological questionnaire and establish lists of new cases. These lists are then compared with hospital discharge data, pathology records, and medical insurance data to ensure complete registration and eliminate errors (particularly duplicate registrations). Cancers discovered on autopsy are also registered.

Interpreting the results

An organized screening programme for breast cancer was introduced in 1989 (initially among women aged 50–65 years, and later extended to include women aged up to 75 years). An organized screening programme for cervical cancer was started in 1994 (among women aged 25–65 years).

Use of the data

The data are regularly analysed and published on the registry’s website and are used by the local health agency for planning purposes. They are also used for national estimates of cancer incidence, prevalence, and survival in France, within the framework of a collaboration between the Institute for Public Health Surveillance, the National Cancer Institute, and the French network of cancer registries (FRANCIM).


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