Section of Evidence Synthesis and Classification

IARC Handbooks Group


Global and regional variations and time trends in cancer incidence among and within populations suggest that a sizeable percentage of cancers are preventable.

Evidence-based primary and secondary cancer prevention builds on the identification and evaluation of agents and interventions (including chemopreventive agents, personal interventions, cancer screening, and tobacco control measures) that reduce the risk of developing cancer.

The IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention complement the IARC Monographs′ evaluations of carcinogenic hazards, providing evaluations of the cancer-preventive effects of chemopreventive agents and of primary and secondary interventions, using the same rigorous evaluation process as the IARC Monographs.

Scientists worldwide conduct studies to determine which interventions can prevent cancer. As this evidence accumulates, there is a need to systematically review and evaluate the data to establish links between interventions and reduced risks of cancer.

Scientific advice that is both authoritative and trusted can help governmental agencies and individuals to understand complex scientific information and to use it to develop public actions to reduce an individual′s risk of developing cancer.

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