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Tumour Registry of Modena
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Modena
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Prof. Massimo Federico

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Registration area

The Modena Cancer Registry (MCR) covers the province of Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. In 2005, the population was 665 000. The province has 47 municipalities.

Cancer care facilities

There are nine public general hospitals (including a university teaching hospital) and five private clinics.

Registry structure and methods

The MCR is located within the cancer centre of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. It is supported by the local health authority and the Angela Serra Association for Cancer Research. The staff consists of a medical director, a research manager, a statistician, a systems manager, two registrars, and a secretary. The main data sources are reports from one pathology laboratory and one haematology laboratory, hospital discharge records, and death certificates. These files are submitted to the registry periodically and are processed using specialized software. Each case is manually checked and validated by MCR registrars. Vital status is passively followed up by matching registered cases with death notifications and public health database records. For cases that cannot be matched passively (less than 1%), vital status is followed up actively.

Interpreting the results

During 2003–2007, there was a trend of decreasing cancer incidence for all tumour sites among male residents of Modena, whereas there was a trend of increasing incidence among female residents. The overall decrease among males is primarily due to decreasing incidence rates of respiratory tract and stomach cancers. The overall increase in incidence among females is probably due to increased incidence rates of cancers at sites such as the uterus, lung, and thyroid. The incidence of thyroid cancer increased in both sexes, possibly as a result of earlier diagnosis due to increased rates of examination after goitre surgery, as well as earlier diagnosis of thyroid microcarcinoma. At tumour sites covered by screening programmes (the breast and cervix) a trend of decreasing incidence has continued. For colorectal cancer, it is still too early to detect any beneficial effects of the screening programme established in 2005.

Use of the data

The MCR publishes an annual report on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival. The population data used in these reports are obtained from the Emilia-Romagna region’s online portal (http://statistica.regione.emilia-romagna.it/servizi-online). All registry publications are available from the MCR’s website. The registry collaborates on many national and international high- and low-resolution studies.

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