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IACR 2020: IACR President's Message

logo iacr mobileOn behalf of the IACR Board, I write with our heartfelt thoughts for all of our member registries, supporters and their families around the world at this very sad and difficult time.  

IACR Annual Scientific Conference, 12-15 October 2020 

In consultation with the local organisers, the IACR Board is considering the potential impact of the pandemic on our 2020 scientific conference and the likely ongoing difficulty of international travel. A final decision will be made by May 1st, 2020 as to whether the meeting is able to proceed.  A notice will be provided on the IACR website on or soon after May 1st, 2020.  

In light of this, may I suggest that travel bookings for the conference be delayed until after that time.   

Please accept my apologies for this uncertainty and inconvenience. 


With my thoughts and best wishes,   


Joanne Aitken
International Association of Cancer Registries
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IACR 2020 Abstracts Submissions Open

IACR is now accepting abstracts submission for this year's Annual Scientific Conference in Noumea, New Caledonia.

IACR 2020 will be from 13-15 October 2020, in Noumea, New Caledonia - read more here.

Conference theme: Current and Future Challenges in Cancer Surveillance and Control

Submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentations under any of the following sub-themes by clicking here: IACR 2020 Abstracts:

  • Cancer Registration in the Pacific Islands
  • Survival Analysis Studies
  • Data Linkage: Possibilities and Barriers
  • Childhood Cancer
  • Early Detection, Screening and the Role of Registries
  • Current and Emerging Cancer Risk Factors

For any question or further inquiries on abstracts submission, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

In time with the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN)'s 2018 Annual Review Meeting held on Oct 8-10 in Entebbe, Uganda, IARC and AFCRN published Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa.

IARC Publication 167, 2018, includes the latest cancer data for the region. The Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa volume brings together population-based cancer incidence data from 25 cancer registries in 20 sub-Saharan African countries that are part of the African Cancer Registry Network. The compiled data in this volume, presented and commented upon by covered population and by anatomical site, are of tremendous value to the assessment of the pattern and evolution of cancer in Africa, as a means of elucidating, confirming, and evaluating causes of the disease.

ICCR Datasets

Following a period of consultation with the membership and officers of the Board, IACR is endorsing the use of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR) pathology datasets for cancer reporting.

The links to the datasets are published on IACR's website under: Support for Registries

The published data sets (some of which have translations in Spanish, Portugese and French, are available here: ICCR Datasets

For questions or further information, please ICCR at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (T: +61 2 8356 5828)

Principles and Practice of Cancer Registration Course, Ljubljana, Slovenia 20-22 Nov 2019

ENCR, IARC, and the Cancer Registry of the Republic of Slovenia has organized a Principles and Practice of Cancer Registration Course aimed at newly established, re-established or to-be established population based registries and new registrars. 

The Course will be held on 20 - 22 November 2019 at City Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The objective of this course is to impart fundamental knowledge to support the development of cancer registries and to provide detailed coding methodology for several specific cancer sites.


Day 1 - Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
Workshop on planning and developing cancer registries. Lead faculty: dr. Ariana Znaor, GICR/IARC.

Days 2 and 3 - Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 and Friday, Nov 22, 2019:
Theoretical and practical backgrounds on abstracting and coding specific cancer sites. Given by JRC/ENCR faculty.

For further details on the course programme and to apply for the course, visit the  Cancer Registry of Republic of Slovenia website. Deadline for submission of applications is Sept 8, 2019.

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