The first step in cancer prevention is to identify the causes of human cancer, and what works in cancer prevention. In accordance with one of its fundamental missions, the Agency prepares and distributes authoritative information on the causes and prevention of cancer throughout the world.

The principles, procedures, and scientific criteria that guide the evaluations are described in the Working Procedures (Screening, Primary Interventions) of the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention. Interdisciplinary working groups of expert scientists review the published studies and evaluate the weight of the evidence that an agent or activity can act as cancer-preventive.

Agents and activities evaluated include chemopreventive agents, preventive actions, cancer screening, and tobacco control.

Funding sources for the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention have included:

  • Foundation for Promotion of Cancer Research, Japan
  • German Federal Ministry of Health
  • Ministère de la Santé, de la Jeunesse et des Sports, France
  • Institut National du Cancer, France
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, through the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention (ACCP)
  • World Cancer Research Fund.
  • American Cancer Society, USA
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention News


IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention Meetings - Volume 17 - Reminder: Deadline for call for experts: 14 March 2017

08/03/2017
IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention
Volume 17: Colorectal cancer screening
14-21 November 2017
IARC, Lyon, France
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IARC Handbooks Volume 17: Colorectal cancer screening

28 October 2016
We are pleased to announce the meeting for the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention Volume 17, which will take place on 14-21 November 2017. For more information, please see Upcoming Meetings.

IARC Handbooks Volume 15: Breast Cancer Screening

14 October 2016
We are pleased to announce that Volume 15: Breast Cancer Screening of the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention series is now also available for purchase in print, PDF, and EPUB formats. The volume contains the detailed assessments of the cancer-preventive and adverse effects of different methods of screening for breast cancer.



IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention Publications


IARC Handbook of Cancer Prevention Volume 15 - Breast Cancer Screening

12 October 2016
A Working Group of 29 independent experts from 16 countries, convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in November 2014, reviewed the scientific evidence and assessed the cancer-preventive and adverse effects of various methods of screening for breast cancer. Read more