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2009

The Lancet Oncology - (online ahead of print publication, 10/12/09)
16/12/2009 -
Cancer survival in Africa, Asia, and Central America: a population-based study published
DOI:10.1016/S1470-2045(09)70335-3
R. Sankaranarayanan, R. Swaminathan, H. Brenner, K. Chen, K. Seng Chia, et al.
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British Journal of Cancer
09/12/2009 -
Br J Cancer, 101(5):865-870, doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6605224
Differences in the risk of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus infection by education level
S Franceschi, M Plummer, G Clifford, S de Sanjose, X Bosch, R Herrero, N Muñoz and S Vaccarella for the International Agency for Research on Cancer Multicentric Cervical Cancer Study Groups and the International Agency for Research on Cancer Human Papillomavirus Prevalence Surveys Study Group

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European Journal of Clinical Nutrition - November 2009
03/12/2009 -
Eur J Clin Nutr (2009) Nov;63 Suppl 4:S1-S274 (special issue, 14 papers)
Guest Editors: N. Slimani and B. Margetts
Nutrient Intakes and Patterns in the EPIC cohorts from ten European countries (SNIPE)

This report, entitled “Nutrient intakes and patterns in the EPIC cohorts from 10 European countries”, follows a previous special issue (Public Health Nutrition Vol. 5, 6B, 2002) on food consumption of a representative sub-sample of subjects from 10 European countries participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort. For this report, 37 000 single 24-hour dietary recalls were collected in a standardised manner using the same dietary software (EPIC-SOFT®, IARC) and a harmonised nutrient database (ENDB) containing 26 nutrients (including energy). The 14 papers in this special issue describe intake of energy and macro-nutrients, minerals, fat- and water- soluble vitamins, and food supplements. Consumption of highly processed foods, glycaemic load and glycaemic index, specific food group combinations explaining nutrient intakes, and insights on under-reporting are also covered.
These results provide the first reliable comparisons of both food and nutrient intakes and patterns across European countries, based on a detailed and carefully standardised dietary methodology, and are thus a valuable resource and common benchmark for Europe. This information is particularly useful for understanding and better interpreting dietary exposure and its association with disease (including cancer), and for formulating new etiological hypotheses.
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The Lancet Oncology
03/12/2009 -
The Lancet Oncology, Volume 10, Issue 12, Pages 1143-1144, December 2009
A review of human carcinogens—Part F: Chemical agents and related occupations
Baan R., Grosse Y., Straif K., Secretan B., El Ghissassi F., Bouvard V., Benbrahim-Tallaa L., Guha N., Freeman C., Galichet L., Cogliano V., on behalf of the on behalf of the WHO IARC Monograph Working Group
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IARC Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology - 2010
25/11/2009 -
14 June - 2 July 2010
The Course Schedule and Application Forms are available here
Deadline for applications is: January 2010

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Cancer Letters
17/11/2009 -
Volume 286, Issue 1, Pages 1-144 (01 December 2009)
Liver cancer, predominantly hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), accounts for almost 600 000 deaths annually, largely in Africa and Asia. Yet the pathways by which HCC develops and the causes of the marked geographical differences in HCC risk remain to be fully investigated. A newly-published special issue of the journal Cancer Letters entitled “Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Worldwide Translational Approach” (editors Drs A. Plymoth, I. Chemin, P. Boffetta and P. Hainaut) provides a comprehensive review of the critical research issues in HCC. This publication follows from an IARC-organised International Liver Cancer meeting in 2007, which reviewed the state of HCC knowledge, identified research priorities and discussed a flexible protocol for an International Liver Cancer Study (ILCS, http://ilcs.iarc.fr).
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The Lancet Oncology
30/10/2009 -
The Lancet Oncology, Volume 10, Issue 11, Pages 1033 - 1034, November 2009
doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(09)70326-2
A review of human carcinogens—Part E: tobacco, areca nut, alcohol, coal smoke, and salted fish
Secretan B., Straif K., Baan R., Grosse Y., El Ghissassi F., Bouvard V., Benbrahim-Tallaa L., Guha N., Freeman C., Galichet L., Cogliano V., on behalf of the WHO IARC Monograph Working Group
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Third Workshop of the International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C)
09/10/2009 -
16–17 November 2009, at IARC, Lyon, France.

Presentations will cover: Epidemiologists and laboratory scientists interested in studying early life exposure, environmental, lifestyle, molecular, and genetic/epigenetic risk factors for childhood cancer are encouraged to register for this meeting.

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2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine : new avenues for cancer therapy?
08/10/2009 -
The winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak,received this distinction “for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”.
Telomerase activity is increased in 80-90% of cancers. This leads to the development of many therapeutic strategies targeting telomerase, either by inhibition of enzyme activity or by employing a cancer vaccine approach to kill telomerase overexpressing tumour cells.
Dr Bakary Sylla, an IARC scientist specialized in viral oncogenesis, works in Dr Massimo TommasinoÂ’s laboratory on HPV research and cancer.


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INCa Annual Meeting
07/10/2009 -
Dr Christopher Wild, Rencontres INCa 2009, 7 octobre 2009 ('Seek Bar' Ă  partir de 02:30)
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INCa Annual Meeting - 7 october 2009
01/10/2009 -
IARC is pleased to announce The 2009 Annual INCa Meeting: New Challenges for the 2009-2013 French Cancer Plan.


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Postdoctoral Opportunities
30/09/2009 -
Call for applications for a postdoctoral opportunity in the Section of Molecular Pathology.

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2009
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Missense makes sense of breast cancer
24/09/2009 -
Scientists have found that specific changes in DNA sequence have a greater impact on breast cancer risk than previously thought.
This work arose from collaboration between the IARC, Regensburg University and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
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IARC Publications - Cancer Incidence in Five Continents Vol. IX
11/09/2009 -
IARC Scientific Publication No. 160
"Cancer Incidence in Five Continents Vol. IX" is now available in PDF format.
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IARC Publications - Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the European Union and the European Economic Area 1993-1997
10/09/2009 -
IARC Scientific Publication No. 159
"Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the European Union and the European Economic Area 1993-1997" is now available in PDF format.
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IARC Publications - IARC Handbook of Cancer Prevention -Volume 13
28/08/2009 -
IARC Handbook of Cancer Prevention - Tobacco Control - Volume 13
"Evaluating the Effectiveness of Smoke-free" is now available in PDF format.

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Smoke-free Policies
19/08/2009 -
The 13th volume of the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention publications series is a critical review of the published literature on this highly sensitive issue, led by a Working Group of 17 scientists from nine countries, which draws conclusions about the effectiveness of smoke-free policies.
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IARC Publications - Statistical Methods in Cancer Research
11/08/2009 -
The volume III is now available in PDF format.
The Design and Analysis of long-term animal experiments
IARC Scientific Publications No. 79
Edited by J. Gart, D. Krewski, P.N. Lee, R.E. Tarone & J. Wahrendorf

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The Lancet Oncology
31/07/2009 -
The Lancet Oncology, Volume 10, Issue 8, Pages 751 - 752, August 2009
doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(09)70213-X
A review of human carcinogens—Part D: radiation
El Ghissassi F., Baan R., Straif K., Grosse Y., Secretan B., Bouvard V., Benbrahim-Tallaa L., Guha N., Freeman C., Galichet L., Cogliano V., on behalf of the WHO IARC Monograph Working Group
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Sunbeds and UV Radiation
29/07/2009 -
An IARC Working Group has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1). The Working Group was convened by the IARC Monographs programme and the conclusions are reported in an article and press release issued today by The Lancet Oncology.
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The Lancet
08/07/2009 -
The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9682, June 27,2009, Pages 2201-2214
Alcohol and cause-specific mortality in Russia: a retrospective case–control study of 48 557 adult deaths
Zaridze D., Brennan P., Boreham J., Boroda A., Karpov R., Lazarev A., Konobeevskaya I., Igitov V., Terechova T., Boffetta P., Peto R.
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Alcohol causes more than half of all the premature deaths in Russian adults
30/06/2009 -
Excessive alcohol consumption in Russia, particularly by men, has in recent years caused more than half of all the deaths at ages 15-54 years.
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IARC Fellowships
04/06/2009 -
Call for applications now open for IARC Fellowships:
- Postdoctoral Fellowship programme
- Expertise Transfer Fellowship
- Visiting Scientist Award
Deadline 30 November 2009
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Status of the INTERPHONE Study
28/05/2009 -
This is a joint IARC, CREAL and UICC statement.
In view of the potential public health importance of the findings of the INTERPHONE study, undertaken in 2000, and taking due account of the requirements of peer-reviewed scientific publishing, the IARC, in consultation with its partners, CREAL and UICC, have resolved to issue this public statement, to be posted simultaneously on the three Institutions' websites.
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First Lorenzo Tomatis Conference on Environment and Cancer
27/05/2009 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has the priviledge to associate itself with the First Lorenzo Tomatis Conference on Environment and Cancer, June 4-5, 2009, at Centro Incontri Regione Piemonte, Torino, Italy.
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Epigenetics
22/05/2009 -
The Epigenetics Group at IARC has recently developed a new method that allows the quantitative and sensitive detection of DNA methylation in multiple genes using minute amounts of DNA obtained from bodily fluids.
"Quantitative analysis of DNA methylation after whole bisulfitome amplification of a minute amount of DNA from body fluids", Vaissière T, Cuenin C, Paliwal A, Vineis P, et al. Epignetics, 4(4). 2009.
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IARC Publications - Cancer Epidemiology: Principles and Methods
18/05/2009 -
The IARC Bestseller: "Cancer Epidemiology: Principles and Methods", edited by I. Dos Santos Silva(1999) is now available for free download in PDF format.
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France 3 - IARC Day, 13 May 2009
14/05/2009 -
This TV report stars Professor Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 “for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer”, at the IARC Day celebration.
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The Lancet Oncology
08/05/2009 -
The Lancet Oncology, Volume 10, Issue 5, Pages 453 - 454, May 2009
A review of human carcinogens – Part C: metals, arsenic, dusts, and fibres.
Straif K, Benbrahim-Tallaa L, Baan, R, Grosse Y, Secretan B, El Ghissassi F, Bouvard V, Guha N, Freeman C, Galichet L, Cogliano V, on behalf of the WHO IARC Monograph Working Group.

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Launch of the European Cancer Observatory
05/05/2009 -
In partnership with the French CanceropĂ´le CLARA, the Greater Lyon authority, the RhĂ´ne DĂ©partement and additional support from the DG Sanco of the European Union, IARC launched the European Cancer Observatory website, for quicker and more user-friendly access to cancer mapping and tabulation in Europe.
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IARC Day 2009
22/04/2009 -
The traditional IARC Day will take place Wednesday, 13th May 2009 at the IARC headquarters.
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The New England Journal of Medicine
02/04/2009 -
HPV Screening for Cervical Cancer in Rural India
The New England Journal of Medicine, April 2 2009
Volume 360:1385-1394, Number 14
Sankaranarayanan R, Nene BM, F.R.C.P., Shastri SS., Jayant K., Muwonge R. et al.
Full Text , IARC Press Release No 195
IARC Publications - Statistical Methods in Cancer Research
13/03/2009 -
The volumes I, II and IV are now available in PDF format.
Volume I - The analysis of cancer-control studies
Volume II - The Design and Analysis of Cohort studies
Volume IV - Descriptive Epidemiology
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IARC Publications - IARC Handbook of Cancer Prevention No. 12
25/02/2009 -
IARC Handbook of Cancer Prevention No. 12, Methods for Evaluating Tobacco Control Policies is now available.
This new volume focuses on evaluating the impact of societal level interventions to control tobacco use and is offered as a guide to evaluators in the field.

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'Prevent cancer through healthy, active childhood', podcast on the occasion of the World Cancer Day 2009
06/02/2009 -
Dr Christopher Wild, Director, IARC, expresses his views on IARCÂ’s role in cancer research, alongside the parent Organization, WHO.
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World Cancer Day 2009
04/02/2009 -
On the occasion of the World Cancer Day 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer is proud to join forces with the World Health Organization and the Union internationale contre le cancer to support this year's campaign for a healthy and active childhood.
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Cohorts and Consortia From Biotechnology to Populations
21/01/2009 -
17-19 June 2009. Rimrock Resort, Banff, Alberta, Canada
ORGANIZERS
Alberta Health Services-Alberta Cancer Board and the International Agency for Research on Cancer

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Cancer Research
08/01/2009 -
January 1, 2009 - Volumen 69, Issue 1
Cancer Res 2009 69: 243-252. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-08-2489
Quantitative Analysis of DNA Methylation Profiles in Lung Cancer Identifies Aberrant DNA Methylation of Specific Genes and Its Association with Gender and Cancer Risk Factors
Vaissière T, Hung RJ, Zaridze D, Moukeria A, Cuenin C, et al.

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