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Introduction to Cancer Prevention and Early Detection 


For cancer researchers and health professionals, public health professionals and students. 

7 learning sequences

Case studies and quizzes

Certificate of completion*


With a combination of IARC learning material, this self-paced learning path introduces the concepts of cancer surveillance and the role of cancer registration in cancer control. It provides an overview of primary and secondary prevention concepts and strategies, an understanding of measures to improve the quality of cancer screening programmes and, of the benefit of robust health systems to support cancer control efforts. Some basic concepts of implementation research will also be of interest for anyone involved in cancer prevention. 

Learning objectives

After completing this programme, you will be able to:

  • recall the concept of public health surveillance and cancer registration 
  • discuss the central role of population-based cancer registries in cancer surveillance and use in cancer control 
  • outline cancer registration and surveillance main challenges faced in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) 
  • discuss key concepts on primary prevention of cancer and list the main modifiable risk factors
  • suggest measures to improve the quality of cancer screening in your country, to maximize its benefits and minimize its potential harms 
  • discuss the rationale for HPV Vaccination  
  • discuss the benefit of strengthening health systems for linkage with cancer control 
  • restate the basic concepts of implementation research. 


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Section 1: Measuring success in cancer prevention and basic epidemiological measures

Section 2: Cancer surveillance and registration

Section 3: Primary prevention of cancer, main modifiable risk factors

Section 5: HPV vaccination

Section 6: Strengthening health systems

Section 7: Implementation research

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