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Type Journal Article - Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Title Cancer Registration in India-Current Scenario and Future Perspectives
Volume 17
Issue 8
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 3687-3696
URL http://apocpcontrol.com/paper_file/issue_abs/Volume17_No8/3687-3696 1.17 Sharmila Chatterjee​[REVIEW].pdf
Cancer registration, an important component of cancer surveillance, is essential to a unified, scientific and
public health approach to cancer prevention and control. India has one of the highest cancer incidence and
mortality rates in the world. A good surveillance system in the form of cancer registries is important for planning
and evaluating cancer-control activities. Cancer registration in India was initiated in 1964 and expanded since
1982, through initiation of the National Cancer Registry Program (NCRP) by the Indian Council of Medical
Research. NCRP currently has twenty-six population based registries and seven hospital based registries. Yet,
Indian cancer registries, mostly in urban areas, cover less than 15% of the population. Other potential concerns
about some Indian registries include accuracy and detail of information on cancer diagnosis, and timeliness in
updating the registry databases. It is also important that necessary data collection related quality assurance
measures be undertaken rigorously by the registries to ensure reliable and valid information availability. This
paper reviews the current status of cancer registration in India and discusses some of the important pitfalls and
issues related to cancer registration. Cancer registration in India should be complemented with a nationwide
effort to foster systematic investigations of cancer patterns and trends by states, regions and sub populations
and allow a continuous cycle of measurement, communication and action.

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