European Cancer Observatory (ECO): launch of the site

6 May 2009

May 5th, 2009 saw the official launch of the European Cancer Observatory at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Around forty people including about fifteen reporters attended this inauguration.

This platform provides a significant move forward in terms of access to data on cancer, bringing together on the same website, for the first time in Europe, data on 20 types of cancer in 27 European countries.

The European Cancer Observatory: why?

The European Cancer Observatory makes it possible to:

  • compile existing databases,
  • unify data input methodologies and
  • make use of the various registers on cancer at European level in order to compare, analyse and disseminate the information collected.


The European Cancer Observatory: who for?

Aimed at reporters, doctors, public authorities, scientists and the general public, , this new website in French and English provides easier access to, and use of, the data compiled.

The European Cancer Observatory: how?

The European Cancer Observatory centralises data which were up until now, in Europe, compartmentalised, presented in a rigid way, not grouped together on the same site and required a minimum amount of knowledge of epidemiology.

This initiative, which lies within the scope of large-scale structural projects (technological platforms) of the Lyon-Rhône-Alpes Auvergne Cancer Centre (CLARA), was made possible through financial support from the local authorities: Greater Lyon and Département du Rhône.