Population Registries in Low to Middle Income Countries
A Global Solution
Regardless of a country’s resource setting, cancer registries play an important role in research into the cause of cancer, by providing data on patterns and trends. They are also crucial for the development and monitoring of successful National Cancer Control Plans, and for identifying priorities in public health.
Registries must identify reliable resources of data,establish data validation procedures, and quality control measures.
To ensure that cancer cases are properly recorded, and that the statistical data gathered can be used to make valid comparisons,
cancer registries should also conform to accepted working practices and standards. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) only uses regional and national data that are considered to meet high standards of completeness and validity
to publish the Cancer Incidence in 5 Continents (CI5) series. In the latest volume IX of CI5, only 8% of the world population is represented, predominantly from high and middle income regions. Working to improve not only the quantity but quality of population-based registries, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is therefore critical.As of 2006, almost 80% of the world population-based registries, particularly in low- and middle-income
countries (LMICs) is therefore critical.