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Regional Cancer Registries – 20 Years and Growing

, by Lisa Stevens

CGH's Dr. Lisa Stevens is joined by colleagues at The Uses of Cancer Registry Data in Cancer Control Research course in Ankara, Turkey.

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has had a long partnerships with many countries and regions around the world in the development and support of cancer registries; many going back twenty years, as is the case in the Middle East.  

The NCI, Center for Global Health (CGH), the University of California at Irvine, the Middle East Cancer Consortium, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer partnered in support of the training course, held in Ankara, Turkey this past October, on The Uses of Cancer Registry Data in Cancer Control Research.  The course featured Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Sultan Esser from Izmir, Turkey Cancer Registry (ICR), in a presentation highlighting the new Global Initiative on Cancer Registry, the ICR hub model, and the growing trend in Turkey to increase cancer registration.  Dr. Esser also emphasized the opportunities that the hub would bring to registries in the North Africa and Central and Western Asia regions.  Mature registries also presented recent analyses, being prepared for publication.  Dr. Esser, along with three other registry PIs, Dr. Haris Charalambous (Cyprus); Dr. Omar Nimri (Jordan); and Dr. Barbara Silverman (Israel), presented their multi-country analyses on colorectal, lung, bladder cancer and breast, respectively.  While there are many applications, these presentations demonstrated just one way in which registry data can be utilized.

The Cancer Registry course hosted representation from twelve countries in the region, including: Afghanistan; Algeria; Azerbaijan; Cyprus; Egypt; Georgia; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon, Morocco; Sudan; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; and Uzbekistan. Participants had the opportunity to brainstorm on utilization of registry data for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention activities.  As the activities of the Izmir hub expand, countries will be able to receive technical assistance and support in their individual registry activities from ICR and IARC, as well as seek collaboration in research studies.

The CGH continues to facilitate and support the development of cancer registries and cancer control research across all nations.  The synergy between these two areas, as exemplified through training courses like The Uses of Cancer Registry Data in Cancer Control Research, allow for us to further engage with our partner countries and institutions to strengthen cancer control efforts worldwide.