Cancer registries inform cancer control in Africa

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Published: 8 Dec 2015
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Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan - International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France

Dr Sankaranarayanan talks to ecancertv at AORTIC 2015 about the importance of cancer registries in informing and evaluating cancer control plans.

He talks about his work looking at breast cancer incidence and the ways cancer registries have improved prevention, detection and treatment.

He also highlights the case of the HIV AIDS-related cancer, Kaposi's Sarcoma, which rapidly climbed in Uganda along with the HIV epidemic, but declined just as rapidly, he says, because of cancer registries. The registry informed awareness-raising campaigns and the administering of antiretroviral medicine which controlled the spread of HIV.