IARC is the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization. The Agency aims to promote international collaboration in cancer research for cancer prevention. It is inter-disciplinary, bringing together skills in epidemiology, laboratory sciences and biostatistics to identify the causes of cancer so that preventive measures may be adopted and the burden of disease and associated suffering reduced. A significant feature of the IARC is its expertise in coordinating research across countries and organizations, with particular interest in conducting research in low and middle-income countries through partnerships and collaborations with researchers in these regions. Emphasis is placed on elucidating the role of environmental and lifestyle risk factors and studying their interplay with genetic background in population-based studies and appropriate experimental models. The IARC has an important role in describing the burden of cancer worldwide, through co-operation with and assistance to cancer registries and in monitoring geographical variations and trends over time. Furthermore, IARC has education and training programs.
The learning resourcespage has a wide range of IARC recorded presentations, reference books and practical manuals. The materials can be used either for self-learning or for teaching, with topics such as introduction to cancer epidemiology, cancer registration, screening, and so on. The publicationssection has several books and reports series, non-series publications, databases, journal articles, and handbooks for free.