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.

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Webinar Recording: Polygenic Scores for Cancer Prevention

What is the current status of research on polygenic scores? What are the main opportunities and limitations of polygenic scores for cancer prevention? How could polygenic scores be applied clinically for cancer prevention in the future? Watch the recording from the 6th World Cancer Report Updates webinar to find out!

Webinar Recording: Challenges and Opportunities for Primary Cancer Prevention

What cancer types can be prevented by reducing exposures to modifiable risk factors? How far have we progressed in preventing cancer through actions on modifiable risk factors? Is reducing exposures to known carcinogens enough to effectively and sustainably prevent cancer? Watch the recording from the 5th World Cancer Report Updates webinar to find out!
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APRIL/MAY 2022 – Live Webinar: Topic to be confirmed

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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.

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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