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2015

IARC Monographs Volume 112: Some Organophosphate Insecticides and Herbicides
21/12/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the Monographs on Diazinon and Malathion are now available online. The remaining Monographs of Volume 112 will be published subsequently.
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Launch of the Cancer and Obesity website
18/12/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Cancer and Obesity website, which provides a variety of interactive tools for analysing and visualizing data on the estimated global burden of cancer in 2012 attributable to excess body weight (based on data previously published in the Lancet Oncology). The purpose of the website is to facilitate research and the dissemination of information on the global impact of obesity for cancer control action.
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Volume 109: Outdoor Air Pollution
18/12/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the Monograph on Outdoor Air Pollution is now available online.
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Launch of new IARC Publications website
14/12/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce the launch of the new IARC Publications website, which offers quick and easy access to essential information about all IARC publications. The website has a modern and user-friendly design and provides an enhanced user experience. The new site is in line with the strategic goal of improving the dissemination of all IARC Publications through one centralized Publications website.
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Norman Breslow (21 February 1941–9 December 2015)
11/12/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is saddened by the passing of Professor Norman Breslow, who died on Wednesday 9 December 2015. Our deepest sympathy is with his family.
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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Cancer Surveillance
10/12/2015 -
A postdoctoral opportunity is available within the Section of Cancer Surveillance (CSU) to participate in a project that assesses contemporary survival among patients with cancer. The project involves quantification of crude and net survival rates at various intervals after cancer diagnosis across countries. It will combine epidemiological methodologies with statistical modelling of geographical and temporal data on cancer survival.
Deadline: 6 January 2016
Interviews for short listed candidates: 14-15 January 2016

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European cancer centres unite in long-term collaborative partnerships
07/12/2015 -
EurocanPlatform, a partnership of 28 top cancer research organizations in Europe, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), is reinforcing long-term collaboration between cancer research organizations across the continent.
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Fewer than three doses of HPV vaccine protect against HPV infection
02/12/2015 -
Interim results from a study led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in collaboration with researchers in national institutions in India and Germany, reveal that even one dose of HPV vaccine protects against persistent infection with HPV 16, 18, 6, and 11, and lend support to the WHO recommendation of two doses, at least 6 months apart, for vaccination of young girls.

Immunogenicity and HPV infection after one, two, and three doses of quadrivalent HPV vaccine in girls in India: a multicenter prospective cohort study
Sankaranarayanan R, Prabhu PR, Pawlita M, Gheit T, Bhatla N, Muwonge R, et al., for the Indian HPV vaccine study group
The Lancet Oncology, Published Online 1 December 2015; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00414-3

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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Environment and Radiation
17/11/2015 -
A postdoctoral opportunity is available within the Section starting from 1 January 2016 to work on a pooling of data from 6 case-control studies aiming at investigating the role of genetic factors in combination with lifestyle and environmental exposures (radiation) in the aetiology of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC).
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Genomics of cancer and a new era for cancer prevention
10/11/2015 -
New genomics techniques can be used to reduce the overall burden of cancer by preventing new cases from occurring and also by detecting cancers earlier. An article by scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identifies key areas where genomics can make important inroads into prevention, including the identification of new causes through the detection of mutation signatures, as well as early detection.

Brennan P, Wild C.
Genomics of cancer and a new era for cancer prevention
PLoS Genetics, Published online 5 November 2015;
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1005522
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IARC launches the “50 for 50” initiative to empower future cancer research leaders
03/11/2015 -
In line with its mission of training cancer researchers, IARC is launching the "50 for 50" initiative. The goal of the initiative is to identify 50 future leaders in cancer research from low- and middle-income countries, one for each year of IARC's existence. Selected applicants will be invited to spend a week in Lyon, 6–10 June 2016, participating in a specialized leadership workshop and attending the conference on Global Cancer: Occurrence, Causes, and Avenues to Prevention. Registration fees, travel, accommodation, and meals will be covered.
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IARC Monographs Meetings - Volume 117: Pentachlorophenol and Some Related Compounds
02/11/2015 -
IARC Monographs Volume 117: Pentachlorophenol and Some Related Compounds
4-11 October 2016
Lyon, France

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Jane Wardle (30 October 1950–20 October 2015)
30/10/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is saddened by the passing of Professor Jane Wardle, who died on Tuesday 20 October 2015. She was a researcher at University College London and served as chair of the Communication Group for the European Code Against Cancer, working closely with IARC colleagues. Our deepest sympathy is with her family.
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国际癌症研究机构(IARC)专题研究第114期相关信息的中文版现已发布
29/10/2015 -
国际癌症研究机构(IARC)新闻稿第240号, “国际癌症研究机构专题研究组对食用红肉及加工肉制品的评估” 的中文版现已发布。另外,国际癌症研究机构专题组有关食用红肉及加工肉制品的致癌性的相关问答也已用中文发表。
阅读国际癌症研究机构新闻稿第240号 , 阅读第114期评估结果的相关问答
IARC Monographs Volume 114 information now available in Chinese
29/10/2015 -
IARC Press Release 240, "IARC Monographs evaluate consumption of red meat and processed meat", is now also available in Chinese. In addition, the IARC Monographs Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat is now available in Chinese.
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Q&A on Monographs Volume 114 evaluations
26/10/2015 -
The IARC Monographs Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat is available in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
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Video commentary on the Volume 114 evaluations now available
26/10/2015 -
Dr Kurt Straif, Head of the IARC Monographs Programme, comments on the Working Group’s evaluation of the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.
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IARC Monographs Volume 114: Evaluation of consumption of red meat and processed meat
26/10/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. These assessments will be published as Volume 114 of the IARC Monographs. A summary of the evaluations has now been published in The Lancet Oncology.

Bouvard V, Loomis D, Guyton KZ, Grosse Y, El Ghissassi F, Benbrahim-Tallaa L, et al.
Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat
The Lancet Oncology, Published online 26 October 2015;
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00444-1

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Monografías de la IARC evalúan el consumo de la carne roja y de la carne procesada
26/10/2015 -
La Agencia Internacional de Investigación sobre el Cáncer (IARC por su sigla en inglés), la agencia sobre cáncer de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), ha evaluado la carcinogenicidad del consumo de carne roja y de carne procesada.

Bouvard V, Loomis D, Guyton KZ, Grosse Y, El Ghissassi F, Benbrahim-Tallaa L, et al.
Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat
The Lancet Oncology, Published online 26 October 2015;
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00444-1

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Note to the media
23/10/2015 -
Following random reports today Friday 23 October in the British press postulating on the outcome of the IARC evaluation on the carcinogenicity of red meat and processed meat, please note that there was NO breach of embargo, as no embargoed material was shared with any news outlet, in Britain or elsewhere.

IARC/WHO will issue a news release with the detailed outcome of the evaluation on Monday 26, at noon, Paris time, to coincide with a news report in The Lancet Oncology.

The Lancet Oncology
HIV-positive people disproportionately affected by infection-related cancers
23/10/2015 -
A new study conducted by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in partnership with the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that in the USA, the proportion of cancers attributable to infections is 10 times as high in HIV-positive people as in the general population.

Cancers attributable to infections among adults with HIV in the United States
De Martel C, Shiels MS, Franceschi S, Simard EP, Vignat J, Hall HI, Engels EA, Plummer M.
AIDS, 2015, 29(16):2173–2181.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0000000000000808

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Low doses of ionizing radiation increase risk of death from solid cancers
21/10/2015 -
New results from a study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) show that protracted exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation increases the risk of death from solid cancers.

Risk of cancer from exposure to ionizing radiation: a retrospective cohort study of workers in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States (INWORKS)
Richardson DB, Cardis E, Daniels RD, Gillies M, O’Hagan JA, Hamra GB, Haylock R, Laurier D, Leuraud K, Moissonnier M, Schubauer-Berigan MK, Thierry-Chef I, Kesminiene A.
BMJ, Published Online 21 October 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5359

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Indigenous people at higher risk of preventable cancers
15/10/2015 -
A new study led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in partnership with researchers internationally, reveals that Indigenous populations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA have higher incidence rates of preventable cancers than the rest of the population.

Cancer incidence in indigenous people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA: a comparative population-based study
Moore S, Antoni S, Colquhoun A, Healy B, Ellison-Loschmann L, Potter JD, Garvey G, Bray F.
The Lancet Oncology, Published Online 15 October 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00232-6

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Cancer Research UK announces Grand Challenge funding call
14/10/2015 -
Cancer Research UK has launched the Grand Challenge cancer grants scheme, with an overall investment of £100 million to accelerate progress in some of the most important unanswered questions in cancer research. The charity invites applications from interdisciplinary teams for ways of solving one of seven challenges; teams will be awarded up to £20 million each. IARC Director Dr Christopher Wild serves as an expert on the international Grand Challenge Advisory Panel, which identified the seven challenges and will assess all applications and pick the final winner(s).
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IARC Monographs Volume 114: Red Meat and Processed Meat
09/10/2015 -
The results of the IARC Monographs evaluation for Volume 114 (red meat and processed meat) will be announced when the summary of the evaluations is published in The Lancet Oncology. The anticipated publication date is Monday 26 October 2015.
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Testimonies for IARC’s 50th Anniversary
09/10/2015 -
As part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of IARC, you are invited to tell us what IARC has meant to you over the years, for example in relation to research achievements, career development, or simply in terms of friendships formed.
Provide your testimony
The mycotoxin aflatoxin B1 stimulates Epstein–Barr virus-induced B-cell transformation in in vitro and in vivo experimental models
06/10/2015 -
A new study by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and partners demonstrates in in vitro and in vivo experimental models that aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) stimulates the oncogenic potential of Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) infection. The findings, published in Carcinogenesis, also emphasize the possibility that AFB1 may contribute to other virus-associated cancers and identify an urgent need to seek new associations, particularly in Africa.

The mycotoxin aflatoxin B1 stimulates Epstein–Barr virus-induced B-cell transformation in in vitro and in vivo experimental models. Accardi R, Gruffat H, Sirand C, Fusil F, Gheit T, Hernandez-Vargas H, et al. Carcinogenesis. Published online 30 September 2015; http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/carcin/bgv142

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Impact of diagnostic changes on the rise in thyroid cancer incidence
06/10/2015 -
A new study, led by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and published in Thyroid, shows that the majority of thyroid cancers in developed countries are very likely to be due to increased surveillance and diagnostic changes, like the introduction of neck ultrasonography in the 1980s and of computed tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the 1990s. The possibility of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of thyroid cancer should be urgently addressed since no benefits in terms of prevention of cancer deaths have been demonstrated and enhanced surveillance of the thyroid gland is associated with substantial side-effects and sizeable financial costs.

The impact of diagnostic changes on the rise in thyroid cancer incidence: a population-based study in selected high-resource countries
Vaccarella S, Dal Maso L, Laversanne M, Bray F, Plummer M, and Franceschi S
Thyroid, Published online ahead of print, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/thy.2015.0116

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Long-term realism and cost-effectiveness: primary prevention in combatting cancer and associated inequalities worldwide
02/10/2015 -
The global figure of 14 million new cancer cases in 2012 is projected to rise to almost 22 million by 2030. While the overheads of cancer care are set to rapidly increase in all countries worldwide irrespective of income, the limited resources to treat and manage the growing number of cancer patients in low- and middle-income countries threaten national economic development. A new article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute assesses current data, collated in the recent second edition of The Cancer Atlas by the American Cancer Society and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), to show that a substantial proportion of cancers are preventable and that prevention is cost-effective.

Long-term realism and cost-effectiveness: primary prevention in combatting cancer and associated inequalities worldwide
Bray F, Jemal A, Torre LA, Forman F, and Vineis P
Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djv273

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IARC Monographs Meetings - Volume 114: Red Meat and Processed Meat
02/10/2015 -
IARC Monographs Volume 114: Red Meat and Processed Meat
6-13 October 2015
Lyon, France

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Cancer Epidemiology Video Interview
28/09/2015 -
The September issue of the European Journal of Cancer features an interview of European Code Against Cancer IARC project leaders Drs Lawrence von Karsa and Joachim Schüz.
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IARC: The First 50 Years, 1965–2015 now available as an e-book
28/09/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the book International Agency for Research on Cancer: The First 50 Years, 1965–2015 is now also available free as an e-book in EPUB format. This book, recently published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of IARC, is also available in print and PDF formats.
Download this free e-book in EPUB format
IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Genetics/Genetic Epidemiology Group
18/09/2015 -
Three postdoctoral opportunities are immediately available within the Genetic Epidemiology Group (GEP), to work on large-scale genome-wide association studies, risk prediction studies, and metabolomics studies.
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Volume 108: Some Drugs and Herbal Products
16/09/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that all 13 Monographs of Volume 108 are now available online.
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European Code Against Cancer now available in many European languages
15/09/2015 -
Dr Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), is today presenting a speech about the 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer, which was launched in October 2014 by IARC with the participation of the European Commission (EC) and is now available in many European languages in addition to English. Dr Wild is participating in the high-level event “30 years of EU action against cancer” in Luxembourg, jointly organized by the EC and the Luxembourg Presidency to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of the “Europe against Cancer” programme. IARC is a member of the Commission Expert Group on Cancer Control.
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Down-regulation of TLR9 expression by beta HPV type 38 and implications for cell cycle control
08/09/2015 -
A new study led by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows that the cutaneous human papillomavirus (HPV) type 38, a virus suspected to induce skin cancer together with ultraviolet irradiation, negatively affects one key player in the immune response, TLR9. HPV38 viral oncoproteins E6 and E7 suppress the synthesis of TLR9, inhibiting immune-related response pathways and stimulating cell proliferation. The study, published in the Journal of Virology, highlights a novel link between TLR9 and cell cycle regulation.

Down-regulation of toll-like receptor 9 expression by beta human papillomavirus type 38 and implications for cell cycle control
Pacini L, Savini C, Ghittoni R, Saidj D, Lamartine J, Hasan UA, Accardi R, Tommasino M.
Journal of Virology, 2015 Sep 2. pii: JVI.02151-15.

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IARC Fellowships for Cancer Research - Call for applications now open for IARC Fellowships
07/09/2015 -
Call for applications now open for IARC Fellowships:
- Postdoctoral Fellowship programme
- Expertise Transfer Fellowship
- Senior Visiting Scientist Award
Deadline for submission of applications: 30 November 2015
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IARC Monographs Volume 114: updated Preliminary List of Participants
02/09/2015 -
In view of the upcoming IARC Monographs meeting, Volume 114: Red Meat and Processed Meat (6–13 October 2015), the Preliminary List of Participants (and related information about declared interests) has now been updated.
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Impact of cigarette smoking on life expectancy (1980–2010)
26/08/2015 -
A study led by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) assesses changes in the impact of tobacco smoking on life expectancy in 63 countries around the world during the past three decades. The study, published today in the journal Tobacco Control, shows that if smoking-related deaths were eliminated, adult life expectancy would increase on average by 2.4 years in men and 1 year in women

The impact of cigarette smoking on life expectancy between 1980 and 2010: a global perspective
Rentería E, Jha P, Forman D, and Soerjomataram I
Tobacco Control, Published Online 26 August 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052265

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Launch of new EU–Africa partnership to boost biomedical research
25/08/2015 -
On 24–25 August 2015, Cape Town (South Africa) is hosting the first meeting of the newly launched project “B3Africa – Bridging Biobanking and Biomedical Research across Europe and Africa”. The project, involving 11 partners from European and African countries, aims to develop a joint infrastructure to accelerate and facilitate biomedical research across the continents and to address global health challenges together. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is one of the partners supporting B3Africa.
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Cancer research – 50 years and counting
12/08/2015 -
In an interview for Adjacent Government, Dr Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) outlines why, 50 years on, prevention is still such an important area of cancer research.
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Hrafn Tulinius (20 April 1931–31 July 2015)
03/08/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is saddened by the passing of Dr Hrafn Tulinius, an early staff scientist of the Agency, who died on Friday 31 July at the age of 84.
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Glyphosate Monograph now available
29/07/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the IARC Monograph on the herbicide glyphosate is now available online. After a systematic review and evaluation of the scientific evidence, the Monograph Working Group classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). This classification is the result of a year-long evaluation by leading independent experts without conflicts of interest, who reviewed all pertinent, publicly available scientific literature on the carcinogenicity of glyphosate. The established procedures and criteria for the selection, evaluation, and integration of evidence used in developing a Monograph are provided in the Preamble to the IARC Monographs.

The remaining Monographs of Volume 112 will be published at a later date.

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World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2015
28/07/2015 -
Worldwide, 400 million people are living with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. These chronic infections are responsible for more than half of all cases of liver cirrhosis and nearly three quarters of cases of primary liver cancer. To mark World Hepatitis Day 2015, Dr Ramou Njie, a specialist in liver diseases and head of both the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study (GHIS) and the Prevention of Liver Fibrosis and Cancer in Africa (PROLIFICA) project, revisits the long-standing collaborative GHIS programme, which established that the vaccination of newborns against HBV could prevent HBV infection and liver cancer later in life.
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Cancer Incidence in Five Continents Volume XI - Call for Data
22/07/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) are pleased to announce that the call for data for Cancer Incidence in Five Continents Volume XI (CI5-XI) has now been launched.

The target incidence period for CI5-XI is 2008-2012.

The deadline for data submission is 1 November 2015.

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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Genetics / Genetic Epidemiology Group
22/07/2015 -
A postdoctoral opportunity is immediately available within the Genetic Epidemiology Group (GEP) to work on large scale genome wide studies.

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HPV-AHEAD study featured on European Commission website
20/07/2015 -
The EU-funded "Role of human papillomavirus infection and other co-factors in the aetiology of head and neck cancer in Europe and India" (HPV-AHEAD) study, which involves collaborators from IARC and nine other partner organizations in Europe and India, has recently been featured in the Project stories section of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme website.
The association between HPV infection and cervical and anogenital cancers is already well established, but the role of HPV infection in head and neck cancer has been less widely investigated. The landmark HPV-AHEAD study is expected to provide important insights for the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prophylaxis of HPV-associated head and neck cancer in Europe, India, and elsewhere in the world.

Read the Horizon 2020 article , Visit the HPV-AHEAD website
IARC Meetings – Emerging Issues in Oncogenic Virus Research
07/07/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce the 4th Workshop on Emerging Issues in Oncogenic Virus Research, to be held in San Pietro in Bevagna, Manduria, Italy, on 15–19 June 2016. This workshop will have a broader scope than the previous three; it will still focus on novel oncogenic viruses but will also include new insights on well-established oncogenic viruses. The meeting website provides further details, including the preliminary scientific programme and practical information about travel and accommodation. Meeting registration will open on 18 January 2016.

The meeting will immediately follow on from a major conference entitled “Global Cancer: Occurrence, Causes and Avenues to Prevention” in Lyon, France (7-10 June) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IARC (http://www.iarc-conference2016.com/). The Agency would be delighted to welcome you to attend this landmark event before continuing on to Manduria.

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IARC Monographs Volume 107: Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Polybrominated Biphenyls
30/06/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the Monographs on Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBBs) are now available online. In its evaluation, the Working Group classified both PCBs and dioxin-like PCBs as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), while PBBs were classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).
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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Early Detection and Prevention / Prevention and Implementation Group
29/06/2015 -
A postdoctoral opportunity is available within the Prevention and Implementation Group to participate in the implementation component of the ESTAMPA study. It will include epidemiological and public health analyses along with their interaction with clinical interventions.
Deadline: 31 July 2015
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IARC Monographs Volume 113: evaluation of DDT, lindane, and 2,4-D
23/06/2015 -
A Working Group of 26 experts from 13 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on 2–9 June 2015 to evaluate the carcinogenicity of the insecticides lindane and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). A summary of the evaluations has now been published in The Lancet Oncology. The detailed assessments will be published as Volume 113 of the IARC Monographs.
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Ionising radiation and risk of death from leukaemia and lymphoma in radiation-monitored workers (INWORKS): an international cohort study
22/06/2015 -
A study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows that protracted exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation can cause leukaemia. The study, published today in The Lancet Haematology, shows that the risk of death from leukaemia increases linearly with the radiation dose.

Ionising radiation and risk of death from leukaemia and lymphoma in radiation-monitored workers (INWORKS): an international cohort study
Leuraud K, Richardson DB, Cardis E, Daniels RD, Gillies M, O'Hagan JA, et al.
The Lancet Haematology, Published Online 22 June 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3026(15)00094-0

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Videos from IARC 50th anniversary celebrations now available
17/06/2015 -
Videos recorded during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), held at the Hôtel de Ville de Lyon on 15 May 2015, are now available. The recordings include the speeches presented by IARC Director Dr Christopher P. Wild, Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco, and Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan.
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IARC Monographs Meetings - Volume 116: Coffee and Some Other Hot Beverages
12/06/2015 -
IARC Monographs Volume 116: Coffee and Some Other Hot Beverages
24-31 May 2016
Lyon, France

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Most-cited review article published in Clinical Cancer Research in 2013: The Definition of Primary and Secondary Glioblastoma
11/06/2015 -
A review article co-authored by Dr Hiroko Ohgaki, Head of the Section of Molecular Pathology at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), is featured in “The Best of AACR Journals”, a collection of the most-cited articles published in 2013 in journals of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

The article, "The Definition of Primary and Secondary Glioblastoma", by Dr Ohgaki and Dr Paul Kleihues, was the most-cited review article in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, based on the total number of citations from the date of publication until January 2015.

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Guidelines for establishing cancer registries now available in French and Spanish
10/06/2015 -
IARC Technical Publication No. 43, Planning and Developing Population-Based Cancer Registration in Low- and Middle-Income Settings, is now also available in both French and Spanish, and can be downloaded in PDF format free of charge. This book from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) provides essential guidance on key steps in planning and establishing a cancer registry, including accessing sources of information, monitoring data quality, and reporting results.
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Director’s speech at 50th anniversary celebration
08/06/2015 -
Dr Christopher P. Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), presented a speech at the Hôtel de Ville de Lyon on 15 May 2015, as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of IARC.
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IARC Medals of Honour Awarded to Princess Lalla Salma and Princess Dina Mired
08/06/2015 -
On 15 May 2015, the IARC Medal of Honour 2015 was awarded to Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco and Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan. The awards were made on the occasion of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of IARC. The awards were presented by IARC Director Dr Christopher P. Wild, in recognition of their outstanding leadership and advocacy for cancer control worldwide.
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IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention Volume 15: Breast Cancer Screening
04/06/2015 -
A Working Group of 29 experts from 16 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on 11–18 November 2014 to assess the cancer-preventive and adverse effects of different methods of screening for breast cancer. A summary of the evaluations has now been published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The detailed assessments will be published as Volume 15 of the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention.

Breast-cancer screening – viewpoint of the IARC Working Group
Beatrice Lauby-Secretan, Chiara Scoccianti, Dana Loomis, Lamia Benbrahim-Tallaa, Veronique Bouvard, Franca Bianchini, Kurt Straif
New England Journal of Medicine 2015; doi: 10.1056/NEJMsr1504363

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IARC Monographs Meetings - Volume 113: Some Organochlorine Insecticides and Some Chlorphenoxy Herbicides
02/06/2015 -
IARC Monographs Volume 113: Some Organochlorine Insecticides and Some Chlorphenoxy Herbicides
2-9 June 2015
Lyon, France

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Glyphosate Monograph publication scheduled for July 2015
01/06/2015 -
We are pleased to announce that the Monograph on glyphosate is scheduled for online publication in July 2015. The remaining Monographs of volume 112 will be published subsequently.
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On-line course on Cancer Epidemiology in Spanish
29/05/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) joins the Catalan Institute of Oncology (Institut Català d'Oncologia, ICO) to launch the 6th edition of the on-line course on "Fundamentos Metodológicos de la Investigación en Oncología: Herramientas Epidemiológicas y Bioestadísticas". This course, targeting professionals in the fields of oncology, epidemiology, and public health research, provides a high-level training about the principles and methods of cancer epidemiology and biostatistics and their application in cancer control and prevention. A limited number of scholarships are available for applicants from low- and middle-income countries from Latin America.
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Launch of ESCCAPE website
28/05/2015 -
The Oesophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma African Prevention Effort (ESCCAPE) is a collaborative research effort to investigate the etiological epidemiology of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma in Africa. This cancer is common in East Africa and parts of South Africa but is extremely rare in West Africa. Its prognosis is poor; thus, if modifiable factors are responsible for the disproportionately high incidence in East Africa, identifying them may inform future primary prevention efforts.
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Director’s speech at World Health Assembly
22/05/2015 -
Dr Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), is today presenting a speech at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in Geneva, during a Technical Briefing on the topic “Cancer prevention and control: which policies and programmes have best driven progress?”.
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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Nutrition and Metabolism / Nutritional Epidemiology Group
20/05/2015 -
A postdoctoral opportunity is available immediately within the Group to work on an integrated approach to combine self-reported and biomarker estimates of dietary exposure, with the aim of exploring the misclassification inherent in these measurements. The postdoctoral fellow will work in an innovative, well-equipped and scientifically stimulating environment and will have opportunities to interact and collaborate with scientists from IARC and the EPIC network.
Deadline: 30 September 2015
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IARC celebrates 50 years of cancer research
15/05/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, today celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment with the launch of the book International Agency for Research on Cancer: The First 50 Years, 1965–2015.
IARC Press Release 233 , Download PDF
Launch of website for 2016 Scientific Conference
13/05/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated website for the conference Global Cancer: Occurrence, Causes, and Avenues to Prevention, to be held on 7–10 June 2016 at Centre de Congrès, Lyon, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of IARC. The website provides extensive information about the conference, including the preliminary scientific programme, a list of keynote speakers, and practical information about travel and accommodation. Conference registration opens on 1 July 2015.
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Morocco joins the International Agency for Research on Cancer
13/05/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s specialized cancer agency, is pleased to welcome Morocco as a new Participating State.

Morocco today becomes the 25th country to join IARC and is, notably, the first IARC Participating State from the African continent.

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Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, addresses the IARC Governing Council
13/05/2015 -
In a pre-recorded video address, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, presented her comments on the occasion of the opening of the Fifty-seventh Session of the IARC Governing Council, in a year that commemorates 50 years of IARC research.
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Launch of EPICentre: The lifestyle and cancer blog
07/05/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce the launch of the EPICentre blog. This blog will highlight new findings on the relationship between lifestyle and cancer onset and outcome as they are reported. The published scientific studies will be placed in a broader context and their implications will be discussed in plain English. Blog posts will be contributed by scientists within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), one of the largest cohort studies in the world.
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IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention Meetings - Volume 16
24/04/2015 -
IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention Volume 16
Weight Control
5-12 April 2016

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IARC/NCI Tumour Seminar: Renal cancer – recordings are now available
23/04/2015 -
Recordings are now available from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)/United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) Tumour Seminar meeting on the topic “Difficult questions in renal cancer research”, held at IARC on 1–2 April 2015. The materials available include slides, speaker information, and video recordings of the sessions.
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IARC Publications - WHO Classification of Tumours of the Lung, Pleura, Thymus and Heart. Fourth edition
14/04/2015 -
WHO Classification of Tumours of the Lung, Pleura, Thymus and Heart is the seventh volume in the 4th Edition of the WHO series on histological and genetic typing of human tumours. This authoritative, concise reference book provides an international standard for oncologists and pathologists and will serve as an indispensable guide for use in the design of studies monitoring response to therapy and clinical outcome.

WHO Classification of Tumours of the Lung, Pleura, Thymus and Heart. Fourth edition
WHO Classification of Tumours, Volume 7
Edited by W.D. Travis, E. Brambilla, A.P. Burke, A. Marx, A.G. Nicholson

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IARC Publications - Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume X (Print)
14/04/2015 -
Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume X (CI5-X) is now available in print format. The series is an invaluable source of information about the global burden and distribution of cancer, and Volume X has a wider coverage than ever, presenting high-quality standardized data for cancers diagnosed during the period 2003-2007 from 290 cancer registries in 68 countries.

IARC Scientific Publication No. 164
Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume X
Edited by D. Forman, F. Bray, D.H. Brewster, C. Gombe Mbalawa, B. Kohler, M. Piñeros, E. Steliarova-Foucher, R. Swaminathan and J. Ferlay (2014)

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Exposure to aflatoxin B1 in utero is associated with DNA methylation in white blood cells of infants in The Gambia
13/04/2015 -
A new study, led jointly by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the University of Leeds, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of Cambridge, and Queen’s University Belfast, looks at the impact of aflatoxin exposure during pregnancy on the methylome. The study, published online in the International Journal of Epidemiology, was carried out in newborns in The Gambia, where aflatoxin is a common food contaminant, linked to impaired childhood growth and increased risk of liver cancer.

Exposure to aflatoxin B1 in utero is associated with DNA methylation in white blood cells of infants in The Gambia
Hernandez-Vargas H, Castelino J, Silver MJ, Dominguez-Salas P, Cros MP, Durand G, et al.
International Journal of Epidemiology 2015; doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv027

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IARC Monographs Meetings - Volume 115: Some Industrial Chemicals
10/04/2015 -
IARC Monographs Volume 115: Some Industrial Chemicals
2-9 February 2016
Lyon, France

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A rare truncating BRCA2 variant and genetic susceptibility to upper aerodigestive tract cancer
07/04/2015 -
An international collaborative study led by researchers in the Genetic Cancer Susceptibility Group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) links a genetic variant (rs11571833, K3326X) with susceptibility to upper aerodigestive tract cancers. The results have now been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

A rare truncating BRCA2 variant and genetic susceptibility to upper aerodigestive tract cancer
Manon Delahaye-Sourdeix, Devasena Anantharaman, Maria N. Timofeeva, Valerie Gaborieau, Amelie Chabrier, Maxime P. Vallee, et al.
JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst 2015, 107(5):djv037
doi: 10.1093/jnci/djv037

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Visit of the Health Ministers’ Council for Gulf Cooperation Council States and the Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention
01/04/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to welcome a high-level delegation from the Health Ministers’ Council for Gulf Cooperation Council States and the Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention.

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Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume X (in PDF format)
25/03/2015 -
Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume X (CI5-X) is now available in PDF format. The series, which compiles the latest global cancer incidence rates by cancer site and geographical distribution, is a collaboration between the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR).
The data published in all 10 volumes of CI5 are also available on the CI5 website, along with tools for online data analysis to help users explore cancer incidence trends.

IARC Scientific Publication No. 164
Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume X
Edited by D. Forman, F. Bray, D.H. Brewster, C. Gombe Mbalawa, B. Kohler, M. Piñeros, E. Steliarova-Foucher, R. Swaminathan and J. Ferlay (2014)

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Volume 108: Some Drugs and Herbal Products
23/03/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the Monographs on Pioglitazone and rosiglitazone and on Digoxin are now available online. The first five Monographs of Volume 108 were published previously: on Aloe vera, Goldenseal, Ginkgo biloba, Kava, and Pulegone. The remaining six Monographs will be published subsequently.
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IARC Monographs Volume 112: evaluation of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides
20/03/2015 -
A Working Group of 17 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on 3–10 March 2015 to review the available published scientific evidence and evaluate the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides: diazinon, glyphosate, malathion, parathion, and tetrachlorvinphos. A summary of the evaluations has now been published in The Lancet Oncology. The detailed assessments will be published as Volume 112 of the IARC Monographs.
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IARC/NCI Tumour Seminar: Renal cancer
19/03/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announces a Tumour Seminar meeting on the topic “Difficult questions in renal cancer research”, to be held at IARC on 1–2 April 2015.
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IARC 50th Anniversary Conference: 7–10 June 2016
17/03/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announces a scientific conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Agency. The conference, entitled Global Cancer: Occurrence, Causes, and Avenues to Prevention, will be held on 7–10 June 2016 at Centre de Congrès, Lyon. More information is available on the conference website.
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BBMRI-LPC: Second Scientific Call for Access
12/03/2015 -
The Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure – Large Prospective Cohorts (BBMRI-LPC) project aims to facilitate collaborative studies on prospective cohorts across Europe. To date, 17 cohorts have joined the BBMRI-LPC network, involving more than 1 million study participants with lifestyle information and biospecimens collected at baseline. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the Second Scientific Call for Access will open on 15 March 2015. Applications will be accepted until 15 June 2015.

A website has been developed to host the BBMRI-LPC open scientific call, which provides selected research projects with access to samples and data from the cohorts.
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Launch of CO-CHER website
10/03/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce the launch of the website of the Cooperation on Chernobyl Health Research (CO-CHER) project. Previously, IARC led the Agenda for Research on Chernobyl Health (ARCH) project, which reviewed the current knowledge about the health effects of the Chernobyl accident, identified further research needs, and created the strategic research agenda. The CO-CHER initiative builds on this foundation to establish an international collaboration to facilitate long-term research on the health effects of the accident. CO-CHER has the potential to develop a sustainable plan for research into the health effects of the accident, with optimal use of available resources.
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The exposome: “an idea whose time has come”
04/03/2015 -
In an interview for European Journal of Cancer News Focus, Dr Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), talks about the exposome, “an idea whose time has come”. The concept of the exposome was first proposed by Dr Wild 10 years ago as a way of describing environmental influences over a lifetime. Now, with the development of relevant technologies, enthusiasm for the idea is taking off.
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Registration and abstract submission now open for IACR 2015 Conference
26/02/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission are now open for the 37th annual conference of the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR). The IACR 2015 Conference will be held in Mumbai, India, on 7–10 October 2015. This year's theme is Cancer Registries for Cancer Action.
IACR 2015 Conference website
Effect of self-collection of HPV DNA offered by community health workers at home visits on uptake of screening for cervical cancer (the EMA study): a population-based cluster-randomised trial
16/02/2015 -
An article published in the February issue of The Lancet Global Health reports the results of the EMA study, conducted in Argentina using self-sampled human papillomavirus (HPV) testing. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) participated in the study, which demonstrated a 4-fold increase in participation when community health workers invited women to self-collect their HPV tests compared with attending a clinic.

Effect of self-collection of HPV DNA offered by community health workers at home visits on uptake of screening for cervical cancer (the EMA study): a population-based cluster-randomised trial
S Arrossi, L Thouyaret, R Herrero, A Campanera, A Magdaleno, M Cuberli, et al.
Lancet Glob Health 2015; 3(2):e85-e94.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70354-7

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International Childhood Cancer Day 2015
13/02/2015 -
International Childhood Cancer Day is observed on 15 February each year to raise worldwide public awareness of childhood cancer. This year for International Childhood Cancer Day, WHO features a Question & Answer session between Dr Andreas Ullrich of WHO and Dr Eva Steliarova-Foucher, a scientist in the Section of Cancer Surveillance at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of WHO.
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Human papillomavirus antibodies and future risk of anogenital cancer
10/02/2015 -
A new study, led jointly by Mattias Johansson of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Aimée Kreimer of the United States National Cancer Institute, investigated the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) antibodies in pre-diagnostic serum from 400 individuals diagnosed with anogenital cancer and 718 matched controls from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort. HPV16 E6 seropositivity was found to be relatively common before diagnosis of anal cancer but rare for other HPV-related anogenital cancers. The report was published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

Human papillomavirus antibodies and future risk of anogenital cancer: a nested case-control study in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study
A. R. Kreimer, P. Brennan, K. A. Lang Kuhs, T. Waterboer, G. Clifford, S. Franceschi, et al.
J. Clin. Oncol. Published online 9 February 2015

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3rd IARC Cancer and Society Lecture
03/02/2015 -
On 5 February 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) will host the 3rd IARC Cancer and Society Lecture, featuring Dr W. Philip T. James. The title of his talk is "Cancer prevention: the challenge of dietary change and obesity".

Dr W. Philip T. James
3rd IARC Cancer and Society Lecture
Thursday 5 February 2015 at 10:15 a.m.

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World Cancer Day 2015
29/01/2015 -
As every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) support the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in promoting ways to reduce the global burden of cancer. The theme of World Cancer Day 2015 is “Not Beyond Us”.

The 2015 edition of World Cancer Day focuses on 4 main themes: Choosing healthy lives, Delivering early detection, Achieving treatment for all and Maximising quality of life.
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Most types of cancer not due to “bad luck" – IARC responds to scientific article claiming that environmental and lifestyle factors account for less than one third of cancers
13/01/2015 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization's specialized cancer agency, strongly disagrees with the conclusion of a scientific report on the causes of human cancer published in the journal Science on 2 January 2015 by Dr Cristian Tomasetti and Dr Bert Vogelstein.
IARC Press Release 231
Translational cancer research: balancing prevention and treatment to combat cancer globally
05/01/2015 -
In a Commentary in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, IARC Director Dr Christopher Wild highlights how the latest knowledge on the underlying molecular pathways leading to cancer also offers remarkable fresh opportunities for cancer prevention, by applying the advances in understanding to population-based studies. The conclusions come from an international workshop held at IARC, supported by the European Commission-funded EurocanPlatform project, which brings together 28 European cancer institutions and organizations to help advance cancer research and treatment. The Commentary is accompanied by an Editorial in the same issue, written by Dr Robert Hoover and Dr Stephen Chanock from the United States National Cancer Institute.

Commentary
Translational cancer research: balancing prevention and treatment to combat cancer globally
Christopher P. Wild, John R. Bucher, Bas W. D. de Jong, Joakim Dillner, Christina von Gertten, John D. Groopman, et al.
J Natl Cancer Inst, 2015, 107(1):dju353
doi: 10.1093/jnci/dju353

Editorial
Opportunities–and hard work–ahead
Robert N. Hoover, Stephen J. Chanock
J Natl Cancer Inst, 2015, 107(1):dju398
doi: 10.1093/jnci/dju398
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