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.


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:

Prevent cancer

  • Provide knowledge-based advice and information on cancer prevention
  • Develop new knowledge about the causes of cancer and on how to prevent cancer

Detect cancer sufficiently early

  • Develop the established screening programs further
  • Establish a new, national colon cancer screening program
  • Develop national and international expertise in cancer screening even further

Contribute to better cancer care

  • Use high quality cancer data for follow-up and improvement of the health service
  • Gain more knowledge about the patient's experience with cancer and late effects

What does the Cancer Registry do?

  • We register all cancer cases in Norway
  • We make data and statistics available for planning, quality assurance and research
  • We conduct epidemiological cancer research of high international quality
  • We manage, monitor, quality assure and further develop the national cancer screening programs
  • We advise the population and health authorities on cancer prevention measures and on how to reduce the burden of cancer

Special strategic focus areas 2020-2024

Research and methods

  • Explore personalized cancer prevention
  • Find new methods to eliminate cervical cancer
  • Explore machine learning in epidemiology and screening
  • Identify new molecular markers from biobanks
  • Point out unwanted differences in cancer care

Infrastructure and dissemination

  • Automate reporting of cancer medication treatment
  • Establish colon cancer screening
  • Include data reports directly from patients in all quality registries
  • Communicate advice on cancer prevention
  • Make cancer data easily accessible to different user groups

Specific goals and focus for the various departments and sections

The registry department

  • Ensure at least 80% of reported clinical reports to all quality registries
  • Establish extraction solution / data warehouse
  • Use PROMS data in research projects

Register informatics

  •  Establish a digital platform that provides secure data handeling and efficient workflows

The research department

  • Focus on personalized cancer prevention
  • Perform applied research on modifiable risk factors for cancers
  • Explore molecular markers in prevention, using biobanks

CervicalScreen Norway

  • Introduce HPV screening throughout the country, and establish home sampling

BreastScreen Norway

  • Contribute to increased knowledge about screening for breast cancer, and implement the knowledge in the BreastScreen Norway

The colon cancer screening program

  • Establish a national colon cancer screening program

The administration department

  • Contribute to a relevant and agile organization with highly competent professionals

Criteria we depend on in order to succeed

Proper competence

  • Preserve and establish new collaborations with internationally recognized research environments
  • Be a leading professional environment in cancer epidemiology, screening and statistics
  • Build a professional environment within artificial intelligence and machine learning

Accurate and precise communication

  • Make our statistics easily accessible, and adapted to different user groups
  • Increase the population's knowledge about cancer and cancer prevention
  • Adapt advice and information to different groups of the population

Adequate funding

  • Secure a sufficient allocation from the state budget
  • Secure extra funding or increased basic funding for modernization of the breast screening program
  • Secure financing to ensure the continuous development of the quality registers
  • Develop a strategy for research and project funding

Interdisciplinary digitization

  • Establish a new ICT platform for the screening programs
  • Ensure appropriate data flow processes, from reporting to making the data accessible and useful
  • Adapt internal data models in compliance with international standards
  • Migrate all cancer forms over to new ICT platform
  • Develop data warehouses