World Cancer Report Updates

The Learning Platform from the 2020 World Cancer Report

Discuss the latest scientific evidence.

Learn from other disciplines and geographical regions.

Break down silos.

Learning Opportunities


Liquid Biopsy-Based Biomarkers for Cancer Detection and Monitoring – Webinar recording

What is the evidence currently available on the use of liquid biopsy-based biomarkers for cancer detection and monitoring?
What do we know about the current and potential future applications?
What are examples of emerging liquid biopsy-based biomarkers?
Watch this webinar recording to find out.


Introduction to Research on Pollution and Cancer

What is the current status of research on pollution and cancer?
What proportion of cancers are due to environmental pollutants, according to scientific evidence currently available?
What are the gaps and opportunities for future research?
Dive into this interactive e-learning module to find out!


The Present and Future of Lung Cancer Screening – Self-paced module

What is the current evidence on lung cancer screening? How can risk prediction and biomarkers contribute to make lung cancer screening more effective and efficient? What role could artificial intelligence play in lung cancer screening? Watch the recording from the 7th World Cancer Report Updates webinar to find out!

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The World Cancer Report Updates platform provides learning resources and opportunities related to selected content (or highlights) from the 2020 World Cancer Report, as well as current developments in cancer research for cancer prevention.

It aims to widely disseminate knowledge about these highlights and to invite researchers and professionals to learn about these topics from different perspectives.

The World Cancer Report Updates learning platform was developed with the support of and in collaboration with the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).

Highlights from the 2020 World Cancer Report

Read more about each of those highlights on the IARC World Cancer Report webpage.

Socioeconomic Disparities

In diverse countries (including high-income countries), socioeconomic disparities limit the impact of proven preventive interventions.

Body Weight

Although excess body fatness increases the risk of cancers at various organ sites, including the colon and rectum, the risk may be reduced by intentional weight loss.

Individual Susceptibility

Individual susceptibility to particular cancers is increasingly understood from molecular technology.

HPV Vaccination

Cervical cancer may be eliminated as a public health problem by vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, even in low-income countries where cervical cancer is the major cancer type.


Cancer-causing pollution of air and water are amenable to intervention by technological and regulatory means.

Sporadic Cancers

Deaths from sporadic cancers (i.e. cancers for which no recognized exposure accounts for tumour development) may be prevented by screening or earlier diagnosis.


Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer worldwide.

Sun Exposure

Protective options are being taken against hazardous exposure to sunlight.

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