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Papers on population-based cancer registries, working methods and quality control, and their role in cancer surveillance and control.


  • Parkin DM. The evolution of the population-based cancer registry. Nat Rev Cancer. 2006 Aug;6(8):603-12. PMID: 16862191.
  • Izquierdo JN, Schoenbach VJ. The potential and limitations of data from population-based state cancer registries. Am J Public Health. 2000 May;90(5):695-8. Review. PMID: 10800415
  • Bray F, Parkin DM. Evaluation of data quality in the cancer registry: principles and methods. Part I: comparability, validity and timeliness. Eur J Cancer. 2009 Mar;45(5):747-55. Review. PMID: 19117750
  • Parkin DM, Bray F. Evaluation of data quality in the cancer registry: principles and methods Part II. Completeness. Eur J Cancer. 2009 Mar;45(5):756-64. Review. PMID: 19128954
  • De Angelis R, Francisci S, Baili P, Marchesi F, Roazzi P, Belot A, Crocetti E, Pury P, Knijn A, Coleman M, Capocaccia R; EUROCARE Working Group. The EUROCARE-4 database on cancer survival in Europe: data standardisation, quality control and methods of statistical analysis. Eur J Cancer. 2009 Apr;45(6):909-30. PMID: 19128955
  • Parkin DM. The role of cancer registries in cancer control. Int J Clin Oncol. 2008 Apr;13(2):102-11. PMID: 18463952
  • Navarro C, Martos C, Ardanaz E, Galceran J, Izarzugaza I, Peris-Bonet R, Martínez C; Spanish Cancer Registries Working Group. Population-based cancer registries in Spain and their role in cancer control. Ann Oncol. 2010 May;21 Suppl 3:iii3-13. Review. PMID: 20427357
  • Vigilancia del Cáncer en Andalucía. Evaluación de resultados en Salud Pública. Sevilla: Consejería de Salud. Junta de Andalucía, 2006. PDF

Basic reference books for Population-Based Cancer Registries.


Working methods


  • Cancer Registration: Principles and Methods. IARC Scientific Publication No. 95 O.M. Jensen, D.M. Parkin, R. MacLennan, C.S. Muir and R.G. Skeet (eds). Pdf online en inglés.
  • Cancer Epidemiology: Principles and Methods. Dos Santos Silva (ed.). IARC: Lyon, 1999. Disponible en español. Pdf online en inglés.
  • Comparability and quality control in cancer registration. IARC Technical Report No. 19 Lyon 1994. Disponible en inglés y español.
  • Pathology of Tumours for Cancer Registry Personnel. Buemi A (ed). 2nd Edition. IARC: Lyon, 2008. Pdf online en inglés.(Publications and Resources for cancer registration).

International classifications: topography, morphology and staging.


  • International Classification of Disease for Oncology. 3rd edition (ICDO-3). A. Fritz, C. Percy, A. Jack, K. Shanmugaratnam, L. Sobin,D.M. Parkin and S. Whelan (eds). WHO: Geneve, 2000.
  • International Classification of Childhood Cancer (ICCC), Third Edition. Steliarova-Foucher E, Stiller C, Lacour B, Kaatsch P. International Classification of Childhood Cancer, Third Edition. Cancer 2005;103:1457-67. Enlace.
  • Check and conversion programs for cancer registries. Pdf online en inglés. (Publications and Resources for cancer registration).
  • Histological groups for comparative studies. Pdf online en inglés. (Publications and Resources for cancer registration).
  • WHO/IARC Classifications of Tumours on Cancer Pathology and Genetics (Blue Books). Pdfs online de los siguientes títulos en ingles en:
    • Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of the Digestive System
    • Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of Soft Tissue and Bone
    • Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of the Skin
    • Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of the Urinary System and Male Genital Organs
    • Pathology and Genetics of Head and Neck Tumours
    • Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of the Lung, Pleura, Thymus and Heart
  • Other publications:
    • WHO Classification of Tumours of the Digestive System, Fourth Edition
    • WHO Classification of Tumours of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues, Fourth Edition
    • WHO Classification of Tumours of the Central Nervous System, Fourth Edition
    • Pathology and Genetics. Tumours of Endocrine Organs (WHO Classification of Tumours, Volume 8, Third Edition)
    • Pathology and Genetics. Tumours of the Breast and Female Genital Organs (WHO Classification of Tumours, Volume 4, Third Edition)
  • TNM is the globally accepted method of describing the anatomical extent of cancer. The 7th edition "TNM Classification on Malignant Tumours” is already available. Learn more.

Statistical Analysis.


  • Pdf online in English at:
    • Statistical Methods in Cancer Research. Volume I - The analysis of case-control studies. N. E. Breslow and N. E. Day (eds). IARC Scientific Publications No. 32. IARC: Lyon, 1980
    • Statistical Methods in Cancer Research - Volume II - The Design and Analysis of Cohort Studies. N. E. Breslow and N. E. Day (eds). IARC Scientific Publications No. 82. IARC: Lyon, 1987
    • Statistical Methods in Cancer Research. Volume IV - Descriptive Epidemiology. Jacques Esteve, Ellen Benhamou, Luc Raymond (eds). IARC Scientific Publications No. 128. IARC: Lyon, 1994

Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention.


  • World Cancer Report. Peter Boyle and Bernard Levin (eds). IARC: Lyon, 2008. Pdf online en inglés.
  • Responding to the challenge of cancer in Europe. Coleman MP, Alexe DM, Albreht T, Mckee M (eds)Ljubljana : Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia, 2008. Pdf on line en inglés.
  • Código Europeo Contra el Cáncer (3ª edición). Boyle P, Autier P, Bartelink H et al. European Code Against Cancer and scientific justification: third version (2003). Ann Oncol. 2003 Jul;14(7):973-1005. Pdf on line en inglés.
  • Cancer Prevention - Cancer Screening Manuals and Guidelines on breast cancer, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer.
  • WCRF/AICR Expert Report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. Washington, D.C.: AICR, 2007. Pdf on line en inglés.

ENCR Recommendations.


The European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR), established within the framework of the Europe Against Cancer Programme of the European Commission, has been in operation since 1990. The ENCR promotes collaboration between cancer registries, defines data collection standards, provides training for cancer registry personnel and regularly disseminates information on incidence and mortality from cancer in the European Union and Europe.


You can download the rules and recommendations issued by the ENCR to code incidence date, multiple primary tumors, bladder tumors, tumors of the brain and CNS, basis of diagnosis, non-melanoma skin cancers, the extent of disease (condensed TNM) and the latest guidelines on confidentiality, which are mandatory in population-based cancer registries.


ENCR Downloads


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