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Piedmont Cancer Registry, Provinces of Biella and Vercelli

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Epidemiology Unit
Health Authority Management Staff
ASL BI Biella
via dei Ponderanesi 2
Dr. Roberto Zanetti


Registration area

The Piedmont Cancer Registry, Province of Biella, covers the province of Biella, which has 82 municipalities and is in the Piedmont region of Italy. In 2010, the population was 186 000, with 45% living in urban areas. The textile industry plays an important role in Biella. The number of immigrants from other countries is limited (10 600 people). Biella’s population is ageing; the province’s elderly index (the ratio of the population aged more than 64 years to the population aged less than 15 years, multiplied by 100) is 209.6.

Cancer care facilities

Biella’s one public hospital provides all main specialities except highly specialized surgery. It has oncology, haematology, radiotherapy, and palliative care units. There are also two private clinics. Residents often travel to hospitals in nearby areas or the larger centres of Milan, Turin, Novara, and Pavia, but generally return to Biella for treatment and follow-up.

Registry structure and methods

The registry is located in the epidemiology unit of the local health authority and is affiliated with the Piedmont Reference Centre for Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention (CPO Piemonte) in Turin. The registry employs one physician and one nurse, and another physician works on the mortality registry. The cancer registry is subject to general legislation on confidentiality. The registry actively obtains case reports from hospitals (160) and pathology laboratories (10) and verifies data against internal clinical databases. Hospitalization records are screened for cases, and the registry follows up for vital status and to identify patients who have emigrated out of the area.

Interpreting the results

The proportion of diagnosis and treatment provided in ambulatory care facilities has increased. Population screening has been available for cervical and breast cancers since 1990 and for colorectal cancer since 2003. Opportunistic screening for prostate cancer and melanoma is provided by various cancer foundations.

Use of the data

The registry reports cancer incidence and mortality, as well as trends and changes in hospital admissions. Registry data are provided to the Italian network of cancer registries (AIRTUM) for national use and scientific research. The registry also conducts research on health services and quality.


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