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The IARC/WHO ICD-O Committee1 has updated the draft ICD-O-3.1 classification, with new morphology codes and terms from the 4th series of WHO Classification of Tumours (Blue Books). The IACR Working Group on ICD-O Updates2 has compiled a listing of additions, changes and revisions between ICD-O-3.1 and ICD-O-3.2 as a reference material for cancer registries.

Both documents have been revised according to the comments received during the consultation period and the final Excel tables are available for download in our Support for registries pages.

The ICD-O-3.2 book in pdf format is in preparation. We would like to thank all registries and individuals for comments provided to the draft versions.

1 Ian Cree, Jacques Ferlay, Robert Jakob, Brian Rous, Reiko Watanabe, Valerie White, Ariana Znaor
2 Atul Budukh, Jacques Ferlay, Keri Green, Tomohiro Matsuda, Brian Rous, Ariana Znaor

Prof Lorenzo GafĂ : A Tribute

Prof Gafa 2019Prof Lorenzo Gafà, IACR Honorary Member, passed away on March 22, 2019.

A renowned pathologist then in his forties, Prof Gafà established the Ragusa Cancer Registry, in in 1982 in Sicily, Italy. This Registry was the first in operation in the central Mediterranean area. He was a true pioneer, in a time when cancer registries in the country numbered less than the fingers of a hand.

Aside from producing impact data of excellent quality (published in the Cancer Incidence in Five Continents CI-5 since its first year of publication), Prof Gafà promoted the intense use of these data to contribute to analytical studies in both national and international levels (Helios I and II, EPIC, SETIL research consortia, among others).

After his retirement from the Ragusa Registry, he went on helping the establishment of other registries in Southern Italy and he carried on for decades important responsibilities in the Italian League Against Cancer at the local and national level.

By: Roberto Zanetti

CanReg5 5.00.41 and Handbook

Download the latest version of CanReg5

The latest version of CanReg5 is 5.00.41, released in March 2017, a new version of the handbook on CanReg5 is also now available, view it here.

(For more information, about recent changes, please see the changelog.)

IARC SURVCAN-3 Webinars Available


WEBINAR 1: Data Collection for Survival Studies: follow-up using passive and active methods (available in English and Spanish, click on link above to access)
WEBINAR 2: Data Collection for Survival Studies: data quality and assessment for survival analysis (available in English and Spanish)

Editorial tables with comments will be sent back in February - April 2018.


The last release of the GLOBOCAN database (September 2018) includes estimates of the incidence of, mortality and prevalence from 36 types of cancer and for all cancers combined in 185 countries of the world. The estimates are presented for 2018, separately for each sex and for the 18 traditional age-groups. The results are available at the IARC Global Cancer Observatory web site (http://gco.iarc.fr/). 

The online tool allows the production of tables and visual descriptions of the current cancer burden by country or region, and permits projections regarding future cancer burden over the next 20 years.


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