Cancer Registries Cost

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Cancer Registries

Track and monitor cancer trends over time and provide vital information for allocating resources, implementing prevention, screening and treatment programs, and evaluating the impact and effectiveness of cancer programs and policies

Global Cancer Burden

In 2012 there were 14.1 million new cancer cases, which is estimated to rise 54% by 2030

  • 57% New cancer cases
  • 65% cancer deaths
  • 46% Living with cancers

Source: Globocan 2012, World Health Organization

Scarcity of Cancer Data

Percentage of population covered by high quality cancer registries

  • 95% North America
  • 8% Latin America and Caribbean
  • 2% Africa
  • 42% Europe
  • 6% Asia
  • 78% Oceania

Source: The Cancer Atlas, American Cancer Society

Factors that Affect Costs 1

Cancer registries can improve operations and efficiency

  • Size of area served
  • Data collection procedures (paper vs. electronic)
  • Volume of cases
  • Quality of Data available
  • Number of reporting sources
  • Staff turnover and training requirements
  • Cost of living
  • Organization/funding structure

Cost at the Population Level2

Spread over the population covered by the registries, registry costs per person are low

Cost per person (lowest to highest in study)


  • Mumbai, less than 1 cent


  • Kampala, 1 cent


  • Nairobi, 3 cents


  • Barranquilla, 5 cents
  • Bucaramanga, 11 cents
  • Manizales, 13 cents
  • Cali, 18 cents
  • Pasto, 22 cents

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1Subramanian, Sujha et al. Developing and testing a cost data collection instrument for noncommunicable disease registry planning. Cancer Epidemiology, 2016.

2Tangka, Florence et al. Resource requirements for cancer registration in areas with limited resources: Analysis of cost data from four low- and middle-income countries. Cancer Epidemiology, 2016.

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Page last reviewed: January 2, 2020
Content source: Global Health