John Cairns (1922 – 2018)

15/11/2018 The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr John Cairns, who died on 12 November 2018. Dr Cairns was a greatly appreciated collaborator and supporter of IARC over the course of many years. He was a member of the IARC Scientific Council for four years, from 1978, and also served on and chaired the IARC Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee. Read more

Meeting of Advisory Group to Recommend an Update to the Preamble to the IARC Monographs

13/11/2018 On 12–14 November 2018, the Advisory Group to Recommend an Update to the Preamble to the IARC Monographs is meeting at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Scientists with a wide range of expertise have been invited to discuss the Preamble and make recommendations to IARC in an open and transparent way. The Preamble to the IARC Monographs describes the principles and procedures used in developing IARC Monographs, including the scientific criteria that guide the evaluations. The Preamble was last amended in 2006. More on the Preamble , Q&A on the updating of the Preamble

New IARC and WHO study estimates how reducing mortality from NCDs could affect longevity

12/11/2018 A new study by scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates how reducing premature mortality from either all noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) or the four major NCDs would affect progress towards achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. Goal 3 calls for a reduction of premature mortality from NCDs by one third by 2030 through prevention and treatment and by promoting mental health and well-being. The feasibility of reducing mortality to the targeted level within 15 years was also assessed on the basis of historical mortality trends in 2000–2015.

Cao B, Bray F, Ilbawi A, Soerjomataram I
Effect on longevity of one-third reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2030: a global analysis of the Sustainable Development Goal health target
Lancet Global Health, Published online 9 November 2018;
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IARC Monographs evaluation of the carcinogenicity of some nitrobenzenes and other industrial chemicals

02/11/2018 The results of the recent IARC Monographs evaluation of the carcinogenicity of some nitrobenzenes (2-chloronitrobenzene, 4-chloronitrobenzene, 1,4-dichloro-2-nitrobenzene, 2,4-dichloro-1-nitrobenzene, and para-nitroanisole) and other industrial chemicals (2-amino-4-chlorophenol, ortho-phenylenediamine, ortho-phenylenediamine dihydrochloride, and N,N-dimethylacetamide) have now been published in The Lancet Oncology.This summary article presents the conclusions of the IARC Monographs Meeting 123. The evaluations for 2-chloronitrobenzene and 4-chloronitrobenzene were updated since these agents were considered previously in 1995. The remaining agents were evaluated by the Working Group for the first time.
The full scientific assessments will be published as Volume 123 of the IARC Monographs.

IARC Monographs Vol. 123 Group
Lancet Oncol, Published online 2 November 2018;
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WHO Classification of Skin Tumours

10/09/2018 The WHO Classification of Skin Tumours is the 11th volume in the 4th edition of the WHO series on the classification of human tumours. These authoritative and concise reference books provide an international standard for anyone involved in cancer research or the care of cancer patients.

This book has been prepared by 183 contributors from 24 countries. It contains more than 900 colour images and tables, and more than 2900 references.
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