About our research

Research is one of the Cancer Registry's main goals, and the research spans a number of different areas and topics in the field of cancer.

The research in the Cancer Registry will support important goals, namely to contribute to;

  • to prevent cancer from occurring
  • to detect cancer early enough
  • a better cancer care

Research is taking place in all parts of the organization. The Cancer Registry has its own research department where much of the research activity is concentrated - but also the Registry Department, the screening programs, and the Department of Register Informatics have extensive research activity.

The research is largely based on population-based cancer data linked to biobanks health surveys, other cohorts / studies and registers.

The research projects range from classical epidemiology to molecular and clinical epidemiology.

See an overview of all researchers and sections that conduct research here.


Cancer biomarkers

The Cancer Registry has several current projects focusing on cancer biomarkers. The goal of these projects is to identify, develop and validate biological markers that can be used for early detection and increase knowledge about the mechanisms behind cancer development.

Health and quality of life

Every year, many Norwegians are diagnosed with cancer. Now we want to find out more about how cancer affects quality of life and self-perceived health among those who are affected.

HPV-related research

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common group of viruses that, in the most severe cases, can lead to cancer in the cervix, as well as other organs. The Cancer Registry is involved in several projects that aim to increase knowledge about HPV.

Machine learning in cancer research

Machine learning has gained popularity because data availability is growing quickly. Many of the Cancer Registry's projects use large datasets and our use of machine learning for research is increasing

Medication use and cancer

The Cancer Registry of Norway conducts several research studies focusing on how the use of different medications affects the risk of cancer in the population.

Occupational and environmental exposures

The Cancer Registry of Norway has, since the 1970s, conducted studies on cancer risk and mortality among various occupational groups and industries. Since 1999, studies on environmental pollutants and cancer risk have also been a crucial part of the research, such as using the Janus serum bank and laboratory analyses of cancer biomarkers and exposure biomarkers. The Cancer Registry currently has several active projects related to occupational and environmental exposure, with extensive national and international collaboration.

Physical activity and diet

Lifestyle factors such as physical activity and diet have been shown to affect the risk of several cancers. The Cancer Registry has several current projects examining the relationship between fitness and physical activity, diet and cancer risk.

Screening-based research

Screening-based research is essential for developing and improving our screening programs, and increasing society's knowledge of precursors and early diagnostics of cancer.

Selected projects

Read more about some of The Cancer Registry of Norway's high impact projects over the last 10 years.