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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.



The IARC/WHO ICD-O Committee1 has updated the draft ICD-O-3.1 classification, with new morphology codes and terms from the 4th series of WHO Classification of Tumours (Blue Books). The IACR Working Group on ICD-O Updates2 has compiled a listing of additions, changes and revisions between ICD-O-3.1 and ICD-O-3.2 as a reference material for cancer registries.

Both documents have been revised according to the comments received during the consultation period and the final Excel tables are available for download in our Support for registries pages.

The ICD-O-3.2 book in pdf format is in preparation. We would like to thank all registries and individuals for comments provided to the draft versions.

1 Ian Cree, Jacques Ferlay, Robert Jakob, Brian Rous, Reiko Watanabe, Valerie White, Ariana Znaor
2 Atul Budukh, Jacques Ferlay, Keri Green, Tomohiro Matsuda, Brian Rous, Ariana Znaor

Prof Lorenzo Gafà: A Tribute

Prof Gafa 2019Prof Lorenzo Gafà, IACR Honorary Member, passed away on March 22, 2019.

A renowned pathologist then in his forties, Prof Gafà established the Ragusa Cancer Registry, in in 1982 in Sicily, Italy. This Registry was the first in operation in the central Mediterranean area. He was a true pioneer, in a time when cancer registries in the country numbered less than the fingers of a hand.

Aside from producing impact data of excellent quality (published in the Cancer Incidence in Five Continents CI-5 since its first year of publication), Prof Gafà promoted the intense use of these data to contribute to analytical studies in both national and international levels (Helios I and II, EPIC, SETIL research consortia, among others).

After his retirement from the Ragusa Registry, he went on helping the establishment of other registries in Southern Italy and he carried on for decades important responsibilities in the Italian League Against Cancer at the local and national level.

By: Roberto Zanetti

Dr. Fabián Corral Cordero: A Tribute

FOTO DR. CORRAL 2019bDr. Fabian Corral was a medical pathologist and founder of the Quito Cancer Registry. He encouraged, trained and built working teams in five other cities in the country. Today, Ecuador has six population cancer registries, five of which are included in "Cancer Incidence in Five Continents."

The success of Dr. Corral's management was based on his qualities as a leader, his enormous working capacity and on the tenacity to fulfill proposed objectives. He served as Latin America and the Caribbean's regional representative in the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR), receiving in 2009 the designation of Honorary Member of the IACR for his important contribution to the consolidation of cancer information.

Frank and direct, he fought for his convictions, never gave up facing new challenges; passion for science and collective health marked his life.

Dr. Corral, you fulfilled your task and your example will guide the way of new generations.

 El Dr. Corral fue médico patólogo, fundador del Registro de Cáncer de la ciudad de Quito. Incentivó, capacitó y formó equipos de trabajo en otras cinco ciudades del país. Hoy el Ecuador cuenta con seis registros de cáncer poblacional, cinco de ellos publican sus datos en “Cancer Incidence in Five Continents.”

El éxito de la gestión del Dr. Corral se asentó en sus cualidades de líder, en la inmensa capacidad de trabajo y en la tenacidad por cumplir los objetivos propuestos. Fue representante de América Latina y el Caribe en la Asociación Internacional de Registros de Cáncer, recibiendo en 2009 la designación de Miembro Honorífico de la IACR por su importante contribución a la consolidación de los sistemas de información en cáncer.

Persona franca y directa, luchó por sus convicciones, nunca se rindió frente a nuevos desafíos y el amor por la ciencia y la salud colectiva marcaron su vida. Hasta siempre Dr. Corral, usted cumplió su tarea y su ejemplo guiará el camino de nuevas generaciones.

Patricia Cueva

Director, Quito Cancer Registry, Ecuador

IARC SURVCAN-3 Webinars Available


WEBINAR 1: Data Collection for Survival Studies: follow-up using passive and active methods (available in English and Spanish, click on link above to access)
WEBINAR 2: Data Collection for Survival Studies: data quality and assessment for survival analysis (available in English and Spanish)

Editorial tables with comments will be sent back in February - April 2018.

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