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ICCR Datasets

Following a period of consultation with the membership and officers of the Board, IACR is endorsing the use of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR) pathology datasets for cancer reporting.

The links to the datasets are published on IACR's website under: Support for Registries

The published data sets (some of which have translations in Spanish, Portugese and French, are available here: ICCR Datasets

For questions or further information, please ICCR at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (T: +61 2 8356 5828)

Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

In time with the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN)'s 2018 Annual Review Meeting held on Oct 8-10 in Entebbe, Uganda, IARC and AFCRN published Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa.

IARC Publication 167, 2018, includes the latest cancer data for the region. The Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa volume brings together population-based cancer incidence data from 25 cancer registries in 20 sub-Saharan African countries that are part of the African Cancer Registry Network. The compiled data in this volume, presented and commented upon by covered population and by anatomical site, are of tremendous value to the assessment of the pattern and evolution of cancer in Africa, as a means of elucidating, confirming, and evaluating causes of the disease.

2019 IACR Honorary Member Awardees


IACR, at the Combined IACR - NAACCR Scientific Conference held in Vancouver, BC, Canada from 9 - 13 June 2019 awarded honorary memberships to Dr Loraine Marrett (Ontario, Canada) and Dr Roberto Zanetti (Piedmont, Italy) for their exemplary contributions to the field of cancer registration and surveillance.

Loraine Marrett, PhD, Ontario, Canada 

Scientist Emeritus, Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit, Prevention & Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario, and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. 
Dr. Marrett received her PhD in statistics from the University of Edinburgh. She has worked as a cancer epidemiologist in Connecticut (1975-1982) and, since 1982, in Ontario. 
Most of Dr. Marrett’s current work concerns surveillance of cancer and cancer risk factors in Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations. She has also studied the relationship between exposure to ultraviolet radiation (solar and non-solar) and skin cancer, particularly focusing on enhancing prevention.
She has led the production of a number of reports and monographs, has authored or co-authored 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and held numerous research grants.
Roberto Zanetti MD, Piedmont, Italy

Roberto Zanetti graduated in medicine at the University of Torino, Italy, specialised in Preventive Medicine. He obtained his PhD in Biometrics at the Milano University, then started his career as a junior epidemiologist at the Piedmont Cancer Registry, where he spent his whole career. He was appointed Director of the Registry in 1986 and retired in October 2018.

Besides engaging in modernising the registration process, he promoted an intense use of the registration data for analytical case control-and cohort studies on aetiology of melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer, mesothelioma. The Piedmont Cancer Registry in the early 90's enriched its collection of data and improved its operations in order to timely provide information for the assessment of the screening results.

Roberto served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Epidemiology Association,  Executive Secretary of the South European Group for Cancer Registration (GRELL), member of the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and represented UICC as observer at the IARC Scientific Council from 2007 to 2011. He served as editor of the Monograph Cancer in Italy, author of the booklet “Facts and Figures of Cancer in Italy”, and the editor of the Italian edition of the TNM UICC manual. He  also served as consultant for epidemiology and cancer registration for the Ministries of Health of Italy, Switzerland and France and has assisted Italian civil and criminal courts as expert in litigations and trials on matter of cancer causality.

Roberto was one of the founders of the Italian Association of Cancer Registries, the Anglesio Moroni Foundation and the recently established Fondo Elena Moroni for Oncology, charity based in Torino that supports the Enrico Anglesio Prize. In the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) her served as Regional Representative for Europe, as President, and in the Editorial Board of the Eleventh Volume of Cancer Incidence in Five Continents.

Principles and Practice of Cancer Registration Course, Ljubljana, Slovenia 20-22 Nov 2019

ENCR, IARC, and the Cancer Registry of the Republic of Slovenia has organized a Principles and Practice of Cancer Registration Course aimed at newly established, re-established or to-be established population based registries and new registrars. 

The Course will be held on 20 - 22 November 2019 at City Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The objective of this course is to impart fundamental knowledge to support the development of cancer registries and to provide detailed coding methodology for several specific cancer sites.


Day 1 - Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
Workshop on planning and developing cancer registries. Lead faculty: dr. Ariana Znaor, GICR/IARC.

Days 2 and 3 - Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 and Friday, Nov 22, 2019:
Theoretical and practical backgrounds on abstracting and coding specific cancer sites. Given by JRC/ENCR faculty.

For further details on the course programme and to apply for the course, visit the  Cancer Registry of Republic of Slovenia website. Deadline for submission of applications is Sept 8, 2019.

Workshop on Registration of Childhood Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France is hosting the Registration of Cancer in Children: Opportunities and Challenges on Tuesday 22 October 2019. The theme of the workshop is aligned with the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC), launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in September 2018.

The proceedings of the meeting will contribute to the development and success of the GICC. 

The workshop is being organized by IARC, in collaboration with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as WHO Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge, but registration is required, as places are limited. The registration closes on 31 August 2019

For further details and to register for the workshop, follow the link to the International Incidence of Childhood Cancer (IICC) - IARC webpage.

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