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Cancer Registry of Brescia

Contact Info

Regione Lombardia - ATS di Brescia
Dipartimento di Programmazione Acquisto Controllo
Registro Tumori
Via Duca degli Abruzzi n. 15
Dr. Michele Magoni


Registration area

The Brescia Health Unit Cancer Registry covers about 91% of the population of Brescia, one of the most densely populated provinces in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. In 2005, the province’s population was 1 million, in an area of 3460 km2 (290 residents/km2), including the city of Brescia (about 195 000 residents) and 163 smaller towns. Foreign residents accounted for about 10% of the population (35% from eastern Europe and 30% from northern Africa).

Cancer care facilities

There are 12 public hospitals and nine private hospitals in the registration area. The largest hospital (in the city of Brescia) has medical and surgical specialists and a radiotherapy department.

Registry structure and methods

The registry’s staff members (four nurses, a secretary, a medical doctor, and a computer programmer) are employees of the Brescia Local Health Authority. The registry’s scientific director is a full professor at the Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health of the University of Brescia. Since 2002, the Varese Province branch of the Lombardy Cancer Registry has provided the Brescia Health Unit Cancer Registry with considerable technical support. The Brescia registry uses an automated population-based cancer registration system based on three electronic sources of data: hospital discharge records, pathology reports, and death certificates. Automatic record linkage is carried out between the collected data and the social security system to assign a patient code to each record. Records are linked with prevalence data. Concordant incident malignant case reports are definitively assigned to the registry. Discordant and incomplete case reports are reviewed by registry staff members, who refer back to the original hospital clinical records as necessary. For cases reported by death certificate, the registry performs trace-back and ultimately classifies cases that cannot be linked with any other source of information as death-certificate-only (DCO) cases.

Interpreting the results

Three cancer screening programmes have been active in the Brescia area since the late 1980s: a breast cancer screening programme and a cervical cancer screening programme for women and a colorectal cancer screening programme for both sexes.

Use of the data

Registry reports are available for the periods 1993–1995, 1999–2001, and 2004–2006.


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