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Herault Cancer Registry

Contact Info

Bâtiment Recherche - Parc Euromédecine
208 rue des Apothicaires
Montpellier cedex 5
France (metropolitan)
Dr. Brigitte Tretarre


Registration area

The Hérault Cancer Registry covers the population of the department of Hérault, which is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, on the Mediterranean Sea. The department has a total area of 6101 km2. In 2006, the population of Hérault was 1 million (48% male and 52% female), and the population density was 164 residents/km2. The department is highly urbanized; the urban population is 4.25 times as large as the rural population.

Cancer care facilities

Hérault residents have a high level of access to medicosocial facilities; the department has a specialized cancer hospital, 10 public hospitals (including one academic hospital in Montpellier), and 16 private clinics. The numbers of general practitioners and specialists per 100 000 residents are higher in Hérault (200 and 246, respectively) than the national averages.

Registry structure and methods

The registry is located in Montpellier, the department’s capital. Most of the registry’s funding comes from the French Ministry of Health (through the Institute for Public Health Surveillance and the National Cancer Institute). The registry has seven employees: a medical epidemiologist, a biostatistician, a secretary, a registrar, and three investigators. Registration is active; medical and pathology records are consulted by the registry’s investigators. Death certificates are not used as a source. All invasive cancers and some in situ cancers are registered, with the exception of basal cell carcinomas of the skin. Active follow-up is performed on all registered cases.

Interpreting the results

Two organized breast cancer screening programmes (for women aged 40–49 years and 50–74 years) were started in 1999. Hérault is the only area in France that is covered by a cancer registry and has an organized breast cancer screening programme for women aged 40–49 years. An organized screening programme for colon cancer was started in 2004.

Use of the data

Registry data are published biannually. The registry conducts many studies (such as case–control studies, health economics studies, and evaluations of therapeutic practices), both independently and in collaboration with other French and European registries.


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