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Cancer Registries

Partnering with governments to strengthen population-based cancer registration and inform cancer control.

The Cancer Registries Program supports selected countries in establishing and bolstering population-based cancer registries to track cancer data, which allows countries to better understand the burden of prevailing cancers within their borders and respond effectively. Each country collaboration focuses on a combination of strengthening existing registries, building new ones where appropriate, and offering technical assistance and training activities. Our goal is to support a sustainable registry system that informs data-driven planning, including informing cancer control and prevention activities, prioritization and budgeting, and policy development.

Why It Matters

  • Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of deaths among people age 15 and up. Worldwide, among men diagnosed with cancer, lung cancer is the leading cause of death while among women diagnosed with cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of death.
  • Five population-based cancer registries are supported by Vital Strategies.

Focus Areas

  1. Infrastructure and staff support to strengthen existing registries or new registries according to international best practices
  2. Technical assistance at site- and national-level for procedures, plans, reports and analyses
  3. Training on registry methods, approaches and techniques

Our Partners

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About the Data for Health Programs

Several public health programs within the Vital Strategies portfolio are related specifically to data improvement and public health intelligence. The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Program assists governments in strengthening their systems for counting every birth and death and for monitoring the causes of death; the Data Impact Program supports governments to maximize the use of data to enhance public health policymaking and decision-making; and the Cancer Registries Program provides assistance to governments in establishing and strengthening population-based cancer registries.

All programs have worked in collaboration to produce guidance and technical assistance on COVID-19 for government partners, enabling them to measure the scale of the crisis within their borders and execute a data-driven response.