Activities / scientific work
Cancer registries are essential not only for monitoring purposes, but they also play a central role in research into the causes of cancer. Information from cancer registries is used in observational studies in order to identify differences in the incidence of cancers between different population groups, as well as in the study of the causes of cancer. Hypotheses regarding associations between certain risk factors and cancer can be further examined through analytical epidemiological studies and thereby confirmed or rejected.
Following a quality check, the data registered in the cancer registry of the Cantons of Zurich and Zug are transmitted annually to NICER (National Institute for Cancer Epidemiology and Registration) in a strictly anonymized form. The coordination center of the NICER Foundation uses the collected data from the Swiss cantonal cancer registries to conduct statistical analysis of cancer diseases and publishes statistical reports and national estimates of incidence, prevalence, survival rates and mortality on its website.