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CONCORD programme

Global surveillance of cancer survival

The CONCORD programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine comprises epidemiological research, teaching and capacity-building in global surveillance of cancer survival. CONCORD is supported by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) as a programme of strategic significance for the World Cancer Declaration.

CONCORD participants can access the documents here.

The first CONCORD study was published in The Lancet Oncology in 2008.

CONCORD will contribute to the WHO Action Plan for non-communicable diseases, by promoting international partnerships to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer control at national, regional and global levels.

CONCORD-2 includes analysis of global variation and trends in survival for 10 cancers in adults, and childhood leukaemia, and trends in survival from 1995 to 2009. It includes over 28 million cancer patients, provided by 279 cancer registries in 67 countries. More than 2,500 data sets have been checked and analysed. Net survival estimates up to five years after diagnosis will be published for 9 countries in Africa, 8 in Central and South America, 2 in North America, 16 in Asia, 30 in Europe, and 2 in Oceania; 40 countries contributed data with 100% coverage of the national population.

The CONCORD Working Group met for the second time in June 2014 in Ottawa, Canada, during the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), and the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) 2014 combined conferences. The agenda and presentations are available.

The CONCORD Steering Committee includes scientists and cancer patients from 15 countries, with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, cancer registration and public health. The Steering Committee met to review progress and consider plans for 2015, on 25 June 2014, during the NAACCR and IACR combined conferences.

The CONCORD programme is currently funded by 10 agencies in five countries, to the end of 2016. The programme is also endorsed by 31 national and international agencies, including WHO EURO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.

Agencies currently funding the CONCORD programme:

**UPDATE** Details for our 10th annual short course “Cancer survival: principles, methods and applications” are now available.  

Administrative enquiries: contact Natalia Sanz natalia.sanz@lshtm.ac.uk, CONCORD Programme Manager.
Scientific enquiries: contact the CONCORD Central Analytic Team: concord@lshtm.ac.uk.
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