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Cancer registries

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      Cancer Registries

      Track and monitor cancer trends over time and provide vital information for allocating resources, implementing prevention, screening and treatment programs, and evaluating the impact and effectiveness of cancer programs and policies

      Global Cancer Burden

      In 2012 there were 14.1 million new cancer cases, which is estimated to rise 54% by 2030

      • 57% New cancer cases

      • 65% cancer deaths

      • 46% Living with cancers

      Source: Globocan 2012, World Health Organization

      Scarcity of Cancer Data

      Percentage of population covered by high quality cancer registries

      • 95% North America

      • 8% Latin America and Caribbean

      • 2% Africa

      • 42% Europe

      • 6% Asia

      • 78% Oceania

      Source: The Cancer Atlas, American Cancer Society

      Factors that Affect Costs 1

      • Cancer registries can improve operations and efficiency

      • Size of area served

      • Data collection procedures (paper vs. electronic)

      • Volume of cases

      • Quality of Data available

      • Number of reporting sources

      • Staff turnover and training requirements

      • Cost of living

      • Organization/funding structure

      Cost at the Population Level2

      Spread over the population covered by the registries, registry costs per person are low

      Cost per person (lowest to highest in study)


      • Mumbai, less than 1 cent


      • Kampala, 1 cent

      • Kenya

      • Nairobi, 3 cents


      • Barranquilla, 5 cents

      • Bucaramanga, 11 cents

      • Manizales, 13 cents

      • Cali, 18 cents

      • Pasto, 22 cents

      To learn more, visit

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

      1Subramanian, Sujha et al. Developing and testing a cost data collection instrument for noncommunicable disease registry planning. Cancer Epidemiology, 2016.

      2Tangka, Florence et al. Resource requirements for cancer registration in areas with limited resources: Analysis of cost data from four low- and middle-income countries. Cancer Epidemiology, 2016.


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