Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Reviews on Environmental Health

Editor-in-Chief: Carpenter, David O. / Sly, Peter

Editorial Board: Brugge, Doug / Edwards, John W. / Field, R.William / Garbisu, Carlos / Hales, Simon / Horowitz, Michal / Lawrence, Roderick / Maibach, H.I. / Shaw, Susan / Tao, Shu / Tchounwou, Paul B.

IMPACT FACTOR 2018: 1.616

CiteScore 2018: 1.69

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.508
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.664

See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 31, Issue 1


Cancer surveillance and research on environmental contributions to cancer

Ann Chao
  • Corresponding author
  • Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Bethesda, MD, 20892-9723, USA
  • Email
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Brenda K. Edwards
  • Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD, USA
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
Published Online: 2016-03-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0059


Cancer surveillance is a fundamental component of national or sub-national cancer control planning and research. Cancer incidence and mortality data allow countries to monitor change in cancer incidence, mortality, and survival over time, by geographic region, and by demographic characteristics. Such data provide important clues to form hypotheses for cancer etiologic research, including research to examine environmental contributions to cancer. Strengthening cancer surveillance systems is urgently needed to conduct high quality research in environmental pollution and cancer in many countries. The United States National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health organized the first symposium on Environmental Contributions to Cancer during the 16th International Conference of Pacific Basin Consortium (PBC) for Environment and Health. PBC provided an important forum for dialog to establish partnerships and collaborations among researchers of environmental pollution and cancer.

Keywords: cancer; epidemiology; surveillance


  • 1.

    Varmus H, Trimble EL. Integrating cancer control into global health. Sci Transl Med 2011;3(101):101cm28.Google Scholar

  • 2.

    GBD 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators. Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990–2014: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet 2015;385:117–71.Google Scholar

  • 3.

    Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration. The global burden of cancer 2013. JAMA Oncol 2015;1(4):505–27.Google Scholar

  • 4.

    Varmus H, Kumar Harpal S. Addressing the growing international challenge of cancer: a multinational perspective. Sci Transl Med 2013;5(175):175cm2.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • 5.

    Bray F, Znaor A, Cueva P, Korir A, Swaminathan R, et al. Planning and developing population-based cancer registration in low- and middle-income settings. IARC Technical Publication No. 43, 2014.Google Scholar

  • 6.

    Wingo PA, Howe HL, Thun MJ, Ballard-Barbash R, Ward E, et al. A national framework for cancer surveillance in the United States. Cancer Causes Control 2005;16:151–70.Google Scholar

  • 7.

    National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) website with link to the NCI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Portal with interactive mapping and visualization of cancer related geo-spatial data. Available at: http://seer.cancer.gov/statistics/gis.html.

  • 8.

    Bray F, Ferlay J, Laversanne M, Brewster DH, Gombe Mbalawa C, et al. Cancer incidence in five continents: inclusion criteria, highlights from volume X and the global status of cancer registration. Int J Cancer 2015;137:2060–71.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • 9.

    Forman D, Bray F, Brewster DH, Gombe Mbalawa C, Kohler B, et al. Cancer incidence in five continents, Volume X. Lyon, Geneva: International Agency for Research on Cancer; Distributed by WHO Press, World Health Organization, 2014.Google Scholar

  • 10.

    Siesling S, Louwman WJ, Kwast A, van den Hurk C, O’Callaghan M, et al. Uses of cancer registries for public health and clinical research in Europe: results of the European network of cancer registries survey among 161 population-based cancer registries during 2010–2012. Eur J Cancer 2015;51:1039–49.Google Scholar

  • 11.

    Parkin DM. The evolution of the population-based cancer registry. Nat Rev 2006;6:603–12.Google Scholar

  • 12.

    International Agency for Research on Cancer. Information on GLOBOCAN 2012: Estimated Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide in 2012. Available at: http://globocan.iarc.fr/Default.aspx.

  • 13.

    Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, et al. Cancer incidence and mortality worldwide: sources, methods and major patterns in GLOBOCAN 2012. Int J Cancer 2015;136:E359–86.Google Scholar

  • 14.

    Crocker-Buque T, Pollock AM. Appraising the quality of sub-Saharan African cancer registration systems that contributed to GLOBOCAN 2008: a review of the literature and critical appraisal. J R Soc Med 2015;108:57–67.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • 15.

    International Agency for Research on Cancer. Information on the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (GICR). Available at: http://gicr.iarc.fr/.

About the article

Corresponding author: Ann Chao, PhD, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Bethesda, MD, 20892-9723, USA, Phone: +1 (240) 762 1138, E-mail:

Received: 2015-10-21

Accepted: 2015-11-02

Published Online: 2016-03-04

Published in Print: 2016-03-01

Citation Information: Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 153–154, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0059.

Export Citation

©2016 by De Gruyter.Get Permission

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Ann Chao
Current HIV Research, 2019, Volume 16, Number 6, Page 383
Chunhui Li, Songbo Hu, and Chuanhua Yu
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2018, Volume 15, Number 10, Page 2068

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in