The Cancer Registry of Norway- strategy 2020-2024

The strategy of the Cancer Registry of Norway for the period 2020-2024 describes how the Cancer Registry aims to contribute to reducing the cancer burden for each person individually, as well as for the society.

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The Cancer Registry of Norway shall contribute to reducing the cancer burden, for each person individually, as well as for the society.

This is how the Cancer Registry of Norway works towards this vision:

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  • Develop new knowledge on causes of cancer and cancer prevention
  • Provide evidence-based advice and information on cancer prevention
  • Evaluate prevention strategies

Early detection

  • Investigate different approaches for the early detection of cancer
  • Improve existing cancer screening programs
  • Establish new national colorectal cancer screening program
  • Further develop national and international expertise in cancer screening

Improvement of cancer care

  • Use Cancer Registry data for quality control and improvement of health services
  • Gain knowledge on cancer outcomes reported by patients and the long-term effects of cancer treatment

What does the Cancer Registry do?

  • We register all cancer cases in Norway
  • We make data and statistics available for planning, quality control, and research
  • We conduct epidemiological cancer research of high international quality
  • We manage, monitor, quality assure and further develop national cancer screening programs
  • We advise health authorities and the public on measures that can prevent cancer and reduce the cancer burden

Focus areas for 2020-2024


Research and methods

  • To explore personalized cancer prevention
  • To use new methods to eliminate cervical cancer
  • To apply machine learning methods in epidemiology and cancer screening
  • To use biobanks to identify new molecular markers
  • To identify inequities in cancer care

Infrastructure and dissemination

  • To facilitate automated reporting on the use of cancer drugs
  • To establish national colorectal cancer screening program
  • To include patient-reported outcome measures in all clinical registries
  • To communicate advice on cancer prevention
  • To make cancer data easily accessible to different user groups

Aims and focus areas by department/section

Department of Registration

  • To ensure at least 80% completeness of clinical reports to all quality registries
  • To establish a data extraction solution / data warehouse
  • To use patient-reported outcome measures in research projects

Department of Registry and Informatics

  • To provide a digital platform for secure data handling and efficient workflow 

Department of Research

  • To focus on personalized cancer prevention
  • To conduct applied research on modificable risk factors for cancer
  • To explore molecular markers in cancer prevention using biobanks

Section of cervical cancer screening

  • To implement human papillomavirus screening nationally and etablish self-sampling options

Section of breast cancer screening 

  • To contribute to increased knowledge about breast cancer screening, and implement that knowledge in the screening program

Section of colorectal cancer screening

  • To establish a national colorectal cancer screening program

Department of Administration

  • To contribute to keeping the Cancer Registry relevant and agile through the recruitment of highly competent researchers and professionals, as well as through the provision of necessary administrative support. 

Criteria we depend on in order to succeed

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Proper competence

  • Preserve and establish new collaborations with internationally recognized research institutions
  • Create and maintain a community of leading researchers in the fields of cancer epidemiology, screening, and statistics 
  • Obtain competence in new artificial intelligence and machine learning methods in cancer epidemiology 

Accurate communication

  • Make registry statistics easily accessible and adapted to different user groups
  • Increase public knowledge about cancer and cancer prevention
  • Adapt advice and information to different groups of the public

Adequate funding

  • Secure sufficient funding from the national budget to ensure regular activities 
  • Develope a strategy to secure additional funding from outside organizations or the national budget for:

- modernizing of the breast cancer screening program

- continous developement of quality registers

- additional research and projects


Interdisciplinary digitization

  • Establish a new information and technology platform for the screening programs
  • Ensure appropriate data flow, from the receipt of cancer notifications to the dissemination of data
  • Adapt internal data models to international standards
  • Migrate all cancer data to new information and technology platform
  • Develop a data warehouses