Research Groups

Section of Cancer Surveillance


As the definitive reference source of global cancer statistics, the Section of Cancer Surveillance (CSU) supports cancer registry development, develops and disseminates global indicators, and conducts a descriptive epidemiology research programme aligned with the evolving cancer, noncommunicable disease, and development agendas.

Primary aims:
  • To improve the coverage and quality of population-based cancer registration in low- and middle-income countries through the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (GICR;

  • To promote and advocate the central role of population-based cancer registries in cancer control and cancer research worldwide

  • To comprehensively describe the occurrence of cancer worldwide and to improve the validity, range, timeliness, and dissemination of appropriate cancer indicators at the national, regional, and global levels

  • To develop an innovative online interface that facilitates user-friendly exploration of global cancer statistics via the Global Cancer Observatory

  • To develop a portfolio of research projects that systematically report and interpret the key patterns and the current or future trends of various cancer types regionally and globally

  • To develop innovative studies, novel methodologies, and accurate indicators that elucidate cancer’s role as a major cause of premature death, a barrier to old age, and a chronic condition linked with socioeconomic transition