IARC News

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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Inventory on the dietary assessment tools available and needed in Africa

15/12/2014 A new inventory on dietary assessment tools in Africa has been coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Led by senior author Dr Nadia Slimani of IARC's Dietary Exposure Assessment Group, this inventory paves the way for the development of a nutritional surveillance initiative in Africa. The results of this inventory were published on 8 December 2014 in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. The report identifies the gaps and needs and proposes preliminary recommendations in order to implement comprehensive and joint nutrition-related programmes for nutritional surveillance, prevention of diet-related diseases, as well as programme evaluation or research.

Inventory on the dietary assessment tools available and needed in Africa: a prerequisite for setting up a common methodological research infrastructure for nutritional surveillance, research and prevention of diet-related non-communicable diseases
P. T. Pisa, E. Landais, B. Margetts, H. H. Vorster, C. M. Friedenreich, I. Huybrechts, et al.
Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. Published online 8 December 2014
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Publications

Planning and Developing Population-Based Cancer Registration in Low- and Middle-Income Settings

26/05/2014 Planning and Developing Population-Based Cancer Registration in Low- and Middle-Income Settings

Authors: F. Bray, A. Znaor, P. Cueva, A. Korir, R. Swaminathan, A. Ullrich, S.A. Wang, and D.M. Parkin

This guidance document provides an overview of the key concepts in cancer registration, covering the steps involved in planning a registry, the sources of information a registry will need to access, methods for ensuring data quality, and how registry results should be reported. It will be of value to those who are seeking to establish a registry or are in the early stages of developing a registry. It covers the major components that need to be thought about when setting up a registry and ensuring that it provides the necessary information for its main stakeholders -especially those involved in cancer control planning.
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