CANCER REGISTRY PROJECT
The MECC Cancer Registry Project (CRP), which started in January 1998, supports cancer registration in all
MECC jurisdictions. Population-based registration can be used to inform public health planning, cancer research,
and cancer control programmes.
The CRP has emphasised from its inception the importance of
high-quality data. The achievement of data standardisation, accuracy,
and coverage enables international comparisons of cancer incidence. In
fact, the first multilateral comparative study has recently been published (Cancer Incidence in Four Member Countries (Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan) of the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC) Compared with US SEER. NIH Publication No. 06-5873, March 2006).
In the long term, it is anticipated that registry data will be used to:
- Estimate the overall cancer burden in the Middle East
- Identify any unusual cancer patterns
- Provide an evidence base for health policy planning
- Catalyze collaborative cancer research
- Enable the development of cancer control strategies and programmes
Click on the links to the left to learn more about:
- Registries in each of the member jurisdictions
- Membership of the CRP Steering Committee
- Data standards used by all members for cancer registration
- Software used for registry development
- Training of cancer registrars
- Publications that have emerged from the CRP
Small Grants Programme
MECC supported small cooperative research endeavors. The organisation solicited research proposals by clinicians and scientists from within MECC member jurisdictions and evaluated the scientific merit of proposals via peer review.
More about the Small Grants Programme