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Liguria Region Tumor Registry

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SC Epidemiologia Clinica
AOU S.Martino -IST Istituto nazionale per la ricerca sul cancro
Largo R. Benzi, 10
Dr. Luigina Ada BonelliBonelli


Registration area

The Liguria Region Cancer Registry (LRCR) covers the province of Genoa in the Liguria region of north-western Italy. In 2009, the population was 883 000, with about 70% of residents living in the urban area of Genoa and 26.9% aged more than 65 years.

Cancer care facilities

Most of the province’s cancer care facilities are located in the city of Genoa. They consist of a comprehensive cancer centre, the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), and 16 public and four private hospitals with diagnostic, surgical, pathology, radiotherapy, and oncology units.

Registry structure and methods

The LRCR is owned by the Liguria Region Health Councillorship and located within the descriptive epidemiology unit of the NCRI, which is also in charge of the Liguria Region Mortality Register (LRMR). The LRCR actively collects cases from the NCRI, 13 general hospitals, a teaching hospital, and five pathology laboratories. The registry also collects data on residents of the province of Genoa from hospitals in other provinces. The LRCR is staffed by eight full-time researchers, two coders, two employees who manage the pathology records and the computerized hospital discharge records provided by the Ligurian Health Informative System (including performing quality control and statistical analyses), three case registrars, and a clerk who performs follow-up on vital status. The staff is supported by a researcher from the LRMR, who helps identify death certificates associated with registered cases. Official mortality data are also provided by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).

Interpreting the results

An organized mammography screening programme began in 2002. About 79 000 women aged 50–69 years were invited to have biennial two-view mammography. By the end of 2007, 50% of these women had undergone at least one mammogram.

Use of the data

The registry reports incidence and survival and participates in national and international high-resolution studies on quality of diagnosis and treatment.


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