The European Cancer Information System (ECIS) was launched on the occasion of the World Cancer Day, on 4th February 2018.
ECIS is a web-based tool conceived and developed by the JRC to report and disseminate cancer burden indicators at European level, namely on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival, derived from cancer registry data. The ECIS represents a milestone achievement for the European citizens, as it promotes awareness on cancer burden and allows to assess and monitor its magnitude, to follow trends and changes over time and to use this information for political decision making as well as epidemiological research.
The ECIS displays different types of information: incidence and mortality over time (until 2014), survival statistics for the period 2000-2007 as well as national predictions of cancer incidence and mortality for 2018.
Incidence and mortality indicators over time are derived from data collected by the ENCR-JRC project on "Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Europe", survival statistics are from the EUROCARE-5 project , while the 2018 predictions of cancer incidence and mortality are the joint outcome of a collaborative exercise led by WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in collaboration with the JRC, the European Network of Cancer Registries and the International Association of Cancer Registries.
ECIS permits the exploration of geographical patterns and temporal trends of incidence, mortality and survival data submitted by about 150 European population-based cancer registries for the major cancer sites. The database feeding the ECIS application is dynamic, and is updated as new data become available.
The Commission's press releases for the ECIS launch: