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World cancer day - enhancing European cancer data

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Feb 04 2015

A new common procedure for the collection of cancer data in Europe will improve the quality and coherence of the data gathered by European cancer registries. The comprehensive and standardised list of cancer data quality checks launched today by the JRC and the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR) will bolster harmonisation of data and avoid duplication of efforts and the fragmentation of the cancer data. This presents a major step towards a European cancer information system.

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in Europe, with about 3.2 million citizens diagnosed with cancer each year. Reliable, comparable, high-quality data and indicators on cancer are essential to improve prevention programmes and control and care processes across the EU. Harmonised cancer data is also an invaluable resource for cancer epidemiology, allowing greater understanding of the differences and related causes in population-based studies across regional and national boundaries.

The adoption by the cancer registries of the recommendation "A proposal on Cancer Data Quality Checks: one common procedure for European Cancer Registries" will improve the reliability and utility of the information collected across Europe.

The JRC is spearheading the development of a harmonised cancer information system for Europe in collaboration with the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR) and important stakeholders, such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the EUROCARE and CONCORD groups and others. This will generate a dynamic European cancer monitoring tool to steer and support effective policies on cancer.

Today's World Cancer Day takes place under the tagline '#NotBeyondUs' and the JRC's work strongly supports the key focus areas of the 2015 campaign; choosing healthy lives, delivering early detection, achieving treatment for all and maximising quality of life.

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