Media Centre - IARC NEWS

2013

Latest world cancer statistics - GLOBOCAN 2012: Estimated Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide in 2012
12/12/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, today released the latest data on cancer incidence, mortality, and prevalence worldwide. The new version of IARCÂ’s online database, GLOBOCAN 2012, provides the most recent estimates for 28 types of cancer in 184 countries worldwide and offers a comprehensive overview of the global cancer burden.
Read IARC Press Release 223 , Visit GLOBOCAN website
10th Sir Richard Doll Lecture - 4 December 2013
03/12/2013 -
Professor Pelayo Correa (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, USA) will present the 10th Sir Richard Doll Lecture on 4 December at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The title of Professor Correa's talk is "The gastric precancerous cascade".

He will then receive the IARC Medal of Honour from the Director of the Agency, Dr Christopher P. Wild, for his career-long contribution to cancer research, in the field of gastrointestinal cancer, and particularly Helicobacter pylori.

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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Nutrition and Metabolism /Nutritional Epidemiology Group
03/12/2013 -
Call for applications for a postdoctoral opportunity within the Section of Nutrition and Metabolism / Nutritional Epidemiology Group
Deadline: 31 December 2013
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LMIC Biobank and Cohort Network (BCNet) Launched
27/11/2013 -
IARC is pleased to announce the formation of the Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) Biobank and Cohort Network (BCNet).

The aim of BCNet is to provide a platform for collaboration between its partners, IARC and the international community, to support biobanking and cohort-building activities, and to develop sustainable biobanking research infrastructures to facilitate the collection of high-quality biological samples for research, using best practice principles and guidelines.
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The International Pooling Project of Mammographic Density
25/11/2013 -
The International Pooling Project of Mammographic Density will create the first standardized pooled data/imaging resource, which will include women from more than 20 countries worldwide, spanning low- to high-incidence countries. It will be used to describe and account for international variations in mammographic density and investigate to what extent they contribute to international variations in breast cancer incidence rates. After the first year of fieldwork for the study, participating studies have now been identified, and anonymized images and data are being assembled at IARC.
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IARC Fellowships for Cancer Research – deadline extended to 31 December 2013
25/11/2013 -
Deadline for on-line applications has been extended to 31 December 2013:
- Postdoctoral Fellowship programme
- IARC-Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship
- IARC-Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship
- Expertise Transfer Fellowship
- Senior Visiting Scientist Award

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IARC Monographs Volumes 1 to 42 now freely available on-line
25/11/2013 -
We are pleased to announce that IARC Monographs Volumes 1 to 42 are now available on-line in PDF format. This huge body of work, previously available only in print, represents all evaluations made by IARC Monographs Working Groups between 1972 and 1987.
Download Volumes 1 - 42
IARC Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology 2014
22/11/2013 -
Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology
16 June - 4 July 2014
IARC, Lyon

Two modules will be held: Cancer Registration: Principles and Methods and Introduction to Cancer Epidemiology.

The deadline for applications is 14 January 2014

See Course Schedule, Support Letter Template and Online Application Form
New IARC-coordinated breast cancer epigenetics study awarded grant by ERA-NET
21/11/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the EpiMark project has recently been selected for funding. The research grant was submitted to the EC TRANSCAN call on "Translational research on primary and secondary prevention of cancer” (JTC 2012). The funding is part of the European Commission funding scheme ERA-NET.

EpiMark will provide insights into the role of risk factors in driving the epigenetic changes associated with breast cancer and reveal potential targets for biomarker discovery. This multidisciplinary and multicentre research project will be coordinated by IARC (PI, Zdenko Herceg) and involve seven major European cancer institutes in five countries. The project aims to provide a scientific basis for primary and secondary prevention of cancer and is due to start early in 2014.
Read Abstract , Link to ERA-NETwebsite
SEMI-NUC project: “Prospective cohort study of residents living near the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site – feasibility assessment”
06/11/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announces the launch of the web site for the SEMI-NUC project: “Prospective cohort study of residents living near the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site – feasibility assessment”.
The two-year project is coordinated by the Section of Environment and Radiation at IARC and supported by the European Commission Euratom FP7 grant No 323310.
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Emerging Issues in Head and Neck Cancer, 2-3 June 2014, San Pietro in Bevagna, Italy
29/10/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is delighted to announce a Workshop on Emerging Findings in Head and Neck Cancer, which will be held in San Pietro in Bevagna, Manduria, Italy, on 2-3 June 2014. The meeting will precede the 3rd Workshop on Emerging Oncogenic Viruses that is being organised at the same location on 4-8 June, and participants may, of course, opt to attend both meetings.

This meeting will focus on HPV, genomics, and clinical advances and early detection.

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The Lancet Oncology - The carcinogenicity of outdoor air pollution
24/10/2013 -
In October, 2013, 24 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France, to assess the carcinogenicity of outdoor air pollution. This assessment was the last in a series that began with specific combustion products and sources of air pollution and concluded with the complex mixture that contains all of them. The results of this most recent assessment will be published as volume 109 of the IARC Monographs.

Dana Loomis, Yann Grosse, BĂ©atrice Lauby-Secretan, Fatiha El Ghissassi, VĂ©ronique Bouvard, Lamia Benbrahim-Tallaa, Neela Guha, Robert Baan, Heidi Mattock, Kurt Straif
The Lancet Oncology, Early Online Publication, 24 October 2013
doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70487-X

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IARC/WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region meeting on cancer control and research priorities, hosted by the Supreme Council of Health of Qatar
23/10/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, and the Supreme Council of Health of Qatar convened in Doha for a three-day high-level meeting on cancer prevention.
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IARC releases the latest global cancer trends in five continents - Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume X (CI5-X)
21/10/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) today launched Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Volume X (CI5-X). The new publication is available on IARCÂ’s website (ci5.iarc.fr). CI5-X, which compiles the latest global cancer incidence rates by cancer site and geographical distribution, is a collaboration between IARC and the International Association of Cancer Registries.
Read IARC Press Release 222 , Visit CI5 website
IARC: Outdoor air pollution a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths
17/10/2013 -
Lyon/Geneva, 17 October 2013 – The specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), announced today that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).
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Read IARC Press Release 221 , Watch Press Conference
IARC Scientific Publication No. 161: Air Pollution and Cancer (as an e-Book)
07/10/2013 -
IARC introduces e-books as a new medium for the wider dissemination of the AgencyÂ’s research. IARCÂ’s first e-book is Air Pollution and Cancer.

The IARC Monographs Programme convened a multidisciplinary Advisory Group that included epidemiologists, toxicologists, atmospheric scientists, cancer biologists, and regulators to make recommendations for the development of a series of Monographs on air pollution. Air Pollution and Cancer provides the updated state-of-the-art overviews from this Advisory Group on various topics related to the carcinogenicity of mixtures of ambient air pollution.

IARC Scientific Publication No. 161
Air Pollution and Cancer
Edited by Kurt Straif, Aaron Cohen, and Jonathan Samet

To download this free e-book in EPUB format, click here
Dr John Higginson (1922 - 2013)
04/10/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is deeply saddened by the passing away of Dr John Higginson.
An internationally esteemed researcher, Dr Higginson had a special place at IARC and was highly appreciated. In July 1966, Dr Higginson was appointed the first director and he played a critical role in shaping the then-nascent Agency with his vision for inter-disciplinary research including epidemiology, biostatistics and laboratory sciences. He served as director of IARC until 1981.
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IARC Fellowships for Cancer Research - Call for applications now open for IARC Fellowships
01/10/2013 -
Call for applications now open for IARC Fellowships:
- Postdoctoral Fellowship programme
- IARC-Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship
- IARC-Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship
- Expertise Transfer Fellowship
- Senior Visiting Scientist Award
Deadline for submission of applications: 30 November 2013
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New partnership between IARC and CIHCAMS
30/09/2013 -
A new partnership agreement has been signed between the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CIHCAMS).
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Maurice Tubiana (1920–2013)
25/09/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) mourns the passing, on 24 September 2013, of the famous French cancer researcher Professor Maurice Tubiana, at the age of 93.

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EurocanPlatform Session at the European Cancer Congress 2013: Translational research comes of age
23/09/2013 -
The European Cancer Congress 2013
Saturday September 28th
14:15 - 15:15

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is happy to participate in this European Union initiative on cancer planning, and Dr Christopher P. Wild will be part of the leading experts who will present engaging discussions regarding two-way translational research, the benefits of genomic stratification and the economics of creating affective clinical trials for new agents.
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Two IARC publications highly commended by the British Medical Association
18/09/2013 -
Two books published by IARC were shortlisted for the 2013 British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards and recognized as outstanding contributions to the medical literature.

A Review of Human Carcinogens, a six-book package of Volume 100 of the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, was highly commended in the Public Health category. The panel commented: “This is an important resource in that it defines the current state of evidence-based thinking on cancer-causing agents. It meets its objectives very well and is an authoritative statement from an authoritative body.”

WHO Classification of Tumours of the Breast, 4th edition, was highly commended in the Pathology category. The panel commented: “This book is very well-written, easy to read and comprehend. It has the right amount of detail but also covers the topics and includes good quality and relevant illustrations. It has clarity over a range of conditions, some of which are traditionally complex.”

Prizes are awarded annually in 21 categories. The BMA judging panel evaluates books for their applicability to the audience, production quality, and originality. This yearÂ’s BMA Awards ceremony was held on 17 September.
See BMA Medical book awards winners by category
IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Environment and Radiation
16/09/2013 -
Call for applications for a postdoctoral opportunity within the Section of Environment and Radiation

Deadline: 20 October 2013

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Dr Michael Munishi Oreste Testimonial - First awardee of the UICC-IARC Development Fellowship (2012) - Testimonial
06/09/2013 -
Dr Oresto Michael Munishi, Director of the Kilimanjaro Cancer Registry, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania, received the first awardee of the UICC-IARC Development Fellowship (2012).
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IARC Publications - IARC Monographs in PDF
06/09/2013 -
Volume 104: Malaria and Some Polyomaviruses (SV40, BK, JC, and Merkel Cell Viruses)

We are pleased to announce that this volume of the IARC Monographs is now available on-line.

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New IARC breast cancer study in Africa awarded research grant by Susan G. Komen for the Cure
08/08/2013 -
The African Breast Cancer Disparities in Outcomes (ABC-DO) study is the first multi-country sub-Saharan African study of breast cancer survival. This four-year research project, led by IARC scientists, aims to understand a womanÂ’s entire breast cancer journey - including determinants of late stage at diagnosis, treatment access and compliance, and ultimately survival - to help prevent avoidable deaths from breast cancer in women in Africa. The study will be conducted in public hospitals in Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa and Namibia.
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IARC Monographs Meeting - Volume 110: Perfluoro-octanoic acid, Tetrafluoroethylene, Dichloromethane, 1,2-Dichloropropane, and 1,3-Propane sultone
03/08/2013 -
Volume 110: Perfluoro-octanoic acid, Tetrafluoroethylene, Dichloromethane, 1,2-Dichloropropane, and 1,3-Propane sultone
Lyon, France
3-10 June 2014

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IARC Fellowships for Cancer Research - Next call for applications
26/07/2013 -
The next call for applications for IARC Fellowships will be open as from 1st October 2013:

- Postdoctoral Fellowship programme
- Expertise Transfer Fellowship
- Senior Visiting Scientist Award
- IARC-Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship
- IARC-Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline 30 November 2013

Get prepared (contact IARC potential host Group, update your CV, etc.) and keep an eye on our web site!
See IARC Fellowships for Cancer Research
12th World Congress of the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus (OESO)
23/07/2013 -
IARC is proud to be cooperating for the first time with OESO, the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus, in the organization of the Paris Congress 2013, to be held from August 27-30, 2013 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The theme for this year is From normal mucosa to tumor, Translating knowledge into cure.

IARC will be represented by Dr Christopher Wild, Director, IARC, and several leading IARC scientists in the fields of Epigenetics and Epidemiology.
Link to OESO's website , See announcement
IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Genetics/Genetic Epidemiology Group
22/07/2013 -
Call for applications for two postdoctoral opportunities within the Section of Genetics / Genetic Epidemiology Group.

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PLoS One - Reduced Prevalence of Oral Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 4 Years after Bivalent HPV Vaccination in a Randomized Clinical Trial in Costa Rica
18/07/2013 -
A new study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in partnership with Costa Rican investigators and the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI), shows for the first time that the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18, which is used to prevent cervical cancer, also provides strong protection against oral HPV infections, known to be associated with cancer of the oropharynx and tonsils.

R Herrero, W Quint, A Hildesheim, P Gonzalez, L Struijk, H A Katki et al.
Reduced prevalence of oral human papillomavirus (HPV) 4 years after bivalent HPV vaccination in a randomized clinical trial in Costa Rica.
PLoS One (2013). http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0068329

Read IARC Press Release 220
Leer IARC Nota de Prensa 220

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Towards incorporating epigenetic mechanisms into carcinogen identification and evaluation
15/07/2013 -
Remarkable progress in the field of epigenetics represents an exciting opportunity to incorporate these new advances into carcinogen identification and safety assessment. A comprehensive search of the Monograph Volume 100 by Dr Z. Herceg and colleagues from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) revealed that epigenetics have played a modest role in evaluating human carcinogens by the IARC Monographs so far, however epigenetic and epigenomic data might play a pivotal role in the future. We also discuss the issues related to opportunities and challenges in the application of epigenetic testing in carcinogen identification and evaluation. Although the application of epigenetic assays in carcinogen evaluation is still in its infancy, important data are being generated and valuable scientific resources are being established that should catalyze future applications of epigenetic testing.

Z Herceg, M-P Lambert, K van Veldhoven, C Demetriou, P Vineis, M T Smith, K Straif and C P Wild
Towards incorporating epigenetic mechanisms into carcinogen identification and evaluation
Carcinogenesis doi:10.1093/carcin/bgt212
Advance Access published July 13, 2013

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Carcinogenicity of some drugs and herbal products
05/07/2013 -
In June 2013, 23 experts from nine countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France, to assess the carcinogenicity of 14 drugs and herbal products.
Some agents are discussed in more detail because of data complexity or the extent of human exposure. These assessments will be published as Volume 108 of the IARC Monographs.

Yann Grosse, Dana Loomis, BĂ©atrice Lauby-Secretan, Fatiha El Ghissassi, VĂ©ronique Bouvard, Lamia Benbrahim-Tallaa, Neela Guha, Robert Baan, Heidi Mattock, Kurt Straif, on behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group
The Lancet Oncology Published online July 5, 2013
DOl: 10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70329-2

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Paediatric Oncology for Cancer Registries
28/06/2013 -
Paediatric Oncology for Cancer Registries
25-29 November 2013
IARC, Lyon, France
Deadline for applications extended until 12 July 2013.

The application deadline has been extended to enable applications by potential participants who have difficulties in funding their participation in the course. Negotiations are currently under way with the European Commission Joint Research Centre, which hosts the secretariat of the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR). If these negotiations are successful, it will be possible to sponsor selected participants, based on a separate application for funding.
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Former IARC staff member knighted for services to Public Health
20/06/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is proud to announce that former IARC staff member Dr Andrew (“Andy”) Hall was knighted in the United Kingdom, Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2013. Dr Hall, who recently retired as Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, received the knighthood for services to public health.
Dr Hall, who was an IARC staff member from 1986 to 1990, is best known at IARC as the first project leader of the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study (GHIS), and was stationed in The Gambia at that time. This innovative project, a collaboration between IARC, the Medical Research Council UK and The Gambian Government first sought to evaluate the efficacy of HBV vaccination through integration into the national Gambian Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI). This study is continuing long-term to look at the impact on the incidence of liver cancer through linkage to the national cancer registry established at that time. Dr Hall has continued to be involved in this project, even after he took up a position at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and he is currently a Senior Visiting Scientist at the Agency, where he keeps a close eye on the long-term follow-up of the children he helped immunize almost three decades ago. Congratulations, Sir Andy!
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Early HPV testing could detect sexually-transmitted oral cancer
17/06/2013 -
Antibodies to a high-risk type of human papillomavirus (HPV16) could help detect oropharyngeal cancer several years before the clinical onset of the disease, reveals a new study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) in an article published online today by the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

A R Kreimer, M Johansson, T Waterboer, R Kaaks, J Chang-Claude, D Drogen, A Tjønneland et al.
Evaluation of Human Papillomavirus Antibodies and Risk of Subsequent Head and Neck Cancer
Journal of Clinical Oncology published online on June 17, 2013; DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2012.47.2738

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1st International Workshop on The Food Metabolome and Biomarkers for Dietary Exposure
12/06/2013 -
We are delighted to announce that the 1st International Workshop on “The Food Metabolome and Biomarkers for Dietary Exposure” will be held on 4–5 July 2013 at the 9th International Conference of the Metabolomics Society in Glasgow, Scotland.

This workshop is co-organized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), University College Dublin (UCD), and the University of Glasgow.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Dr Augustin Scalbert, Chair of the Organizing Committee, at scalberta@iarc.fr.
Workshop Details
Emerging Oncogenic Viruses, 4 - 8 June 2014, San Pietro in Bevagna, Italy
07/06/2013 -
We are delighted to announce the 3rd Workshop on Emerging Oncogenic Viruses which will be held in San Pietro in Bevagna, Manduria, Italy, from 4 to 8 June 2014.

This meeting is a joint IARC/DKFZ initiative, which will focus on discussions and the critical evaluation of epidemiology, immunology and biology of cancer-associated viruses.
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IARC Publications - IARC Monographs in PDF
29/05/2013 -
Volume 103: Bitumens and Bitumen Emissions, and Some N- and S-Heterocyclic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.

The Monograph is now available online.

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EJC - Cancer incidence and mortality patterns in Europe: Estimates for 40 countries in 2012 - Now Available via Open Access
28/05/2013 -
J. Ferlay, E. Steliarova-Foucher, J. Lortet-Tieulent, S. Rosso, J.W.W. Coebergh, H. Comber, D. Forman, F. Bray.
Cancer incidence and mortality patterns in Europe: Estimates for 40 countries in 2012.
EJC, Volume 49, Issue 6, April 2013, Pages 1374–1403
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IARC Training Courses: Paediatric Oncology for Cancer Registries
24/05/2013 -
Paediatric Oncology for Cancer Registries
25-29 November 2013
IARC, Lyon, France
Deadline for applications is: 28 June 2013.
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New Training Course: Frontiers in Exposure Assessment in Epidemiology: Exposome
21/05/2013 -
A five-day course in the field of exposomics will take place in Florence from 16 to 21 June 2013. Two active members of IARC, Pietro Ferrari and Augustin Scalbert, will be joining the course faculty.
Download programme , IARC Press Release 214
Dr Christopher Wild re-elected as Director of IARC
21/05/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has the pleasure of announcing the re-election of Dr Christopher Wild as Director.
Read IARC Press Release 218
Brazil and Qatar join the International Agency for Research on Cancer
16/05/2013 -
Lyon, France – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) welcomed today two new participating member states. Brazil and Qatar are respectively the 23rd and 24th countries to join the cancer agency of the World Health Organization.
Read IARC Press Release 217 , Portuguese version
World Cancer Report - Meet the Editors - Podcast
14/05/2013 -
The third edition of World Cancer Report is in preparation. Dr Christopher Wild, IARC Director, and Dr Bernard Stewart give a short preview of this new edition.
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WHO Blue Books web site launched
13/05/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announces the launch of the WHO/IARC Classification of Tumours (WHO Blue Books) web site today.

The WHO/IARC Classification of Tumours series establishes a pathological and genetic classification and grading of human tumours that is accepted and used worldwide. These authoritative, concise reference books provide an international standard for oncologists and pathologists and serve as indispensable guides for use in the design of studies monitoring response to therapy and clinical outcome. Diagnostic criteria, pathological features, and associated genetic alterations are described in a strictly disease-oriented manner. Sections on all recognized neoplasms and their variants include new International Classification of Diseases for Oncology (ICD-O) codes, epidemiology, clinical features, macroscopy, pathology, genetics, and prognosis and predictive factors.

The new dedicated web site, http://whobluebooks.iarc.fr, presents the WHO Blue Books project to the scientific community through its public interface, including objective, historical perspective, news about the project, lists of volumes in the series, and other information. In particular, grateful acknowledgement is made of the invaluable contribution of the series editors, volume editors, and contributors who volunteered their time and expertise to help prepare the current (4th) edition of the WHO/IARC Classification of Tumours.
Link to WHO Blue Books web site
IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Environment and Radiation
26/04/2013 -
The Cancer and Environment Unit at Centre LĂ©on BĂ©rard and IARCÂ’s Section of Environment and Radiation are conducting interdisciplinary research to investigate environmental and occupational causes of testicular germ cell tumors (with a focus on pesticides and endocrine disrupting chemicals) in case-control studies, including collection of biological specimens.

Deadline: 17 May 2013

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IARC Publications - IARC Monographs in PDF
24/04/2013 -
Volume 102: Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields.

The Monograph is now available online.

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Jin Young Park Receives 2013 Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award
22/04/2013 -
Jin Young Park, a postdoctoral fellow in the Dietary Exposure Assessment Group and the Prevention and Implementation Group at IARC, received a Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), held 6–10 April in Washington, DC.
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Visit of Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand
19/04/2013 -
IARC is pleased to welcome Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand, who is visiting the Agency today to sign a cooperative agreement to stimulate academic interchange and foster high-quality collaborative research into the causes of human cancer.
Read IARC Press Release 216
Robert (Bob) MacLennan - 1931–2013
18/04/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) joins the international cancer community in mourning the passing, on 17 March 2013, of Robert (Bob) MacLennan.
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IARC in Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure partnership
15/04/2013 -
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) are joining forces to help create a worldwide frontline biobanking network.

This 8M€ initiative, funded by the European Commission, involves 30 partners from 17 European countries and aims to stimulate scientific collaboration and enhance access to biosamples and large population cohorts.
Link to BBMRI press release
IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Nutrition and Metabolism / Biomarkers Group
09/04/2013 -
Call for applications for a postdoctoral opportunity within the Section of Nutrition and Metabolism / Biomarkers Group
Deadline: 30 April 2013
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Circulating antibodies to HPV16 E6 associated with oropharyngeal cancer risk
09/04/2013 -
At least 30% of cases of oropharyngeal cancer in Europe are human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16)-related, reports a study led by scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on 16 March 2013.

In the study, Dr Devasena Anantharaman and colleagues examined the association between the presence of circulating antibodies to type-specific HPV antigens and cancers of the upper aero-digestive tract. HPV16 E6 antibodies were specific to HPV16-related oropharyngeal cancers. Continuing efforts are needed to consider both HPV serology and p16 staining as biomarkers relevant to the etiology and natural history of HPV16-related oropharyngeal tumours, the study concluded.

D Anantharaman, T Gheit, T Waterboer, B Abedi-Ardekani, C Carreira, S McKay-Chopin, V Gaborieau, M Marron, et al
JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2013) doi: 10.1093/jnci/djt053

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The Lancet Oncology - Carcinogenicity of polychlorinated biphenyls and polybrominated biphenyls
15/03/2013 -
In February 2013, 26 experts from 12 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France, to reassess the carcinogenicity of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs). These assessments will be published as volume 107 of the IARC Monographs.

B Lauby-Secretan, D Loomis, Y Grosse, F El Ghissassi, V Bouvard, L Benbrahim-Tallaa, N Guha, R Baan, H Mattock, K Straif, on behalf of the WHO IARC on Cancer Monograph Working Group
The Lancet Oncology Published online March 15, 2013
DOl: S1470-2045(13)70104-9

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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Environment and Radiation
06/03/2013 -
Call for applications for a postdoctoral/visiting scientist opportunity within the Section of Environment and Radiation
Deadline: 31 March 2013
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International Innovation - Research Highlights: IARC
28/02/2013 -
International Innovation - Research Highlights: IARC
North America, March 2013
Drs Rolando Herrero, Silvia Franceschi and Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan provide an overview of the pioneering work that is being conducted at IARC in an effort to beat cancer and save lives. They specifically focus on the research activities of the Prevention and Implementation Group, Infections and Cancer Epidemiology Group, and the Early Detection and Prevention Section and the Screening Group.
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EJC - Cancer incidence and mortality patterns in Europe: Estimates for 40 countries in 2012
28/02/2013 -
J Ferlay, E. Steliarova-Foucher, J. Lortet-Tieulent, S. Rosso, J.W.W. Coebergh, H. Comber, D. Forman and F. Bray.
Cancer incidence and mortality patterns in Europe: Estimates for 40 countries in 2012
In Press, Corrected Proof, Eur J Cancer (2013) - Available online 26 February 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2012.12.027
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Joint WHO-IARC Statement in response to the recent Lancet report
19/02/2013 -
In response to IARC in the dock over ties with asbestos industry (The Lancet, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60152-X), WHO and IARC jointly correct false allegations and unfounded inferences.
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IARC contributes to Lancet Oncology Series highlighting the needs of children and young people with cancer
18/02/2013 -
A new Lancet Oncology Series presents the latest results and ideas from some of the worldÂ’s most eminent cancer experts from 19 countries spanning 6 continents. The Series aims to improve information availability, research, care, and education in the field of paediatric oncology and proposes a broad range of solutions for the next decade.
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Director of IARC: We need to act now to stop cancer
18/02/2013 -
Interview with Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC during his visit to the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland: We need to act now to stop cancer
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IARC Training Courses - Statistical Practice in Epidemiology with R
18/02/2013 -
Statistical Practice in Epidemiology with R
23 to 29 May 2013
IARC, Lyon, France
Deadline for applications is: 1 April 2013.
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JAMA – Risk of Recurrent Helicobacter pylori Infection 1 Year After Initial Eradication Therapy in 7 Latin American Communities
14/02/2013 -
As reported in JAMA this week, 1 year after treatment for Helicobacter pylori infection, recurrence occurred in 11.5% of the participants who had tested negative for H. pylori (using the UBT diagnostic procedure) after treatment.

D Morgan, J Torres, R Sexton, R Herrero, E Salazar-MartĂ­nez, ER Greenberg, LE Bravo, et al.
Risk of Recurrent Helicobacter pylori Infection 1 Year After Initial Eradication Therapy in 7 Latin American Communities
JAMA. 2013;309(6):578-586. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.311

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International Childhood Cancer Day 2013
14/02/2013 -
IARC supports the campaign to raise worldwide public awareness of childhood cancer by observing International Childhood Cancer Day on 15 February. In particular, incidence, mortality, and survival data for childhood cancer produced at IARC in collaboration with population-based cancer registries around the world provide an indispensable resource for researchers and public health policy-makers.
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IARC Postdoctoral Opportunities - Section of Molecular Pathology
13/02/2013 -
Call for applications for a postdoctoral opportunity within the Section of Molecular Pathology
Deadline: 30 April 2013
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IARC Monographs Meeting - Volume 107: Polychlorinated biphenyls and polybrominated biphenyls
11/02/2013 -
Volume 107: Polychlorinated biphenyls and polybrominated biphenyls
12-19 February 2013
Lyon, France

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Meetings - 6th Inter-Cancéropôle Bioinformatics Workshop
08/02/2013 -
6th Inter-Cancéropôle Bioinformatics Workshop
8 - 9 April 2013
Strasbourg, France

The overall aim of this workshop is to discuss bioinformatic analysis of genomics based data, particularly data generated by next generation sequencing.
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Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization addresses staff at IARC
05/02/2013 -
On the occasion of World Cancer Day, 4 February 2013, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, paid a visit to the Agency, to discuss a number of strategic issues with the Director and his team. She gave an inspiring talk to all IARC Staff.

This visit will be followed by the participation of the Director and Senior Staff at the retreat with Assistants Director-General on Friday, 8 February 2013.
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World Cancer Day 2013: Cancer - Did you know?
04/02/2013 -
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.

“Did you know?” is the question posed for World Cancer Day 2013, which focuses on debunking damaging myths and misconceptions about the disease, reinforcing that there are still too many preconceived ideas about cancer that need demystifying and putting right. Prevention involves various approaches, and one aspect of this many-pronged effort, led by multiple agencies, is conveying clear messages to the public to improve general knowledge about cancer.
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Senior Visiting Scientist Award 2012
28/01/2013 -
The recipients of the 2012 highly competitive Senior Visiting Scientist Award, currently at IARC, are:

Professor Isabel Dos Santos Silva from the Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK,

Professor Terrence Dwyer from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Childrens Hospital, Parkville, VIC, Australia, and

Professor Steven Rappaport from the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA.

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IARC Publications - WHO Classification of Tumours of Soft Tissue and Bone. Fourth edition
23/01/2013 -
IARC WHO Classification of Tumours, No 5
Fletcher, C. D.M., Bridge, J.A., Hogendoorn, P., Mertens, F.
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. Diagnostic criteria, pathological features, and associated genetic alterations are described in a strictly disease-oriented manner. Sections on all recognized neoplasms and their variants include new ICD-O codes, epidemiology, clinical features, macroscopy, pathology, genetics, and prognosis and predictive factors.
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IARC renews key partnership with the National Cancer Centre of the Republic of Korea
14/01/2013 -
The IARC Director, Dr Christopher Wild, and the President of the National Cancer Centre of the Republic of Korea (NCC-RK), Dr Jin-Soo Lee, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14 January 2013 in Lyon, to further strengthen relations between the two organizations and broaden the scope of joint research activities and academic interchanges.
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IARC to renew key partnership with the National Cancer Centre of the Republic of Korea
11/01/2013 -
The IARC Director, Dr Christopher Wild, and the President of the National Cancer Centre of the Republic of Korea (NCC-RK), Dr Jin-Soo Lee, will sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14 January 2013 in Lyon, to further strengthen relations between the two organizations and broaden the scope of joint research activities and academic interchanges.
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IARC Publications - Improving Public Health Through Mycotoxin Control
10/01/2013 -
Improving Public Health Through Mycotoxin Control
IARC Scientific Publication, No 158
Edited by JI Pitt, CP Wild, RA Baan, WCA Gelderblom, JD Miller, RT Riley and F Wu.

This book aims to sensitize the international community to the mycotoxin problem in a format that is accessible to a wide audience and is useful to decision-makers across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including agriculture, public health, marketing, and economics.
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