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Department of Preventive Medicine - Cancer Registry Unit
ASL Napoli 3 SUD
Piazza San Giovanni
Brusciano
80031
Italy
Dr. Mario Fusco

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Registration area

The Campania Cancer Registry covers 35 municipalities in the northern part of the province of Naples, which is located in the Campania region of southern Italy. The area is economically depressed, and its population is characterized by a high percentage of young people, with 19% of the population aged less than 15 years and 41% aged less than 30 years.

Cancer care facilities

The registration area has two public general hospitals with chemotherapy services, one pathology laboratory, and one private radiotherapy centre operating within the national health service. About 10% of patients travel to central and northern Italy to receive health services.

Registry structure and methods

The registry is staffed by a physician, an informatics technician, and four social workers. Data are actively collected from pathology laboratories, hospital discharge cards, and mortality records. General practitioners in the registration area are consulted about cases that are first notified by death certificate. Registry staff members have access to official mortality statistics and individual death certificates mentioning cancer.

Interpreting the results

There are organized population screening programmes for cervical and breast cancer, but participation rates are low (17% and 23%, respectively). There has been a widespread increase in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing since 2003. The high prevalence of infection with hepatitis B and C viruses in the area (2% and 7%, respectively) is related to high incidence rates of hepatocellular carcinoma.

Use of the data

The registry publishes periodic reports on cancer incidence, prevalence, mortality, and survival, and also collaborates with public health organizations in the planning and evaluation of cancer services.

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