Course on Population-based Cancer Prevalence, 22-23 June, online


The course is organised as a deliverable of the iPAAC Joint Action on Cancer, Work Package 7, Task 7.6, in collaboration with the EC Joint Research Centre and the ENCR Steering Committee.
The course will be an online event of two half-days (mornings), and the language will be English.

General objective
Promoting a more systematic provision of cancer prevalence indicators by the European cancer registries through the dissemination of methods and software. General overview of the methods and means to derive cancer prevalence estimates from observed incidence and survival data, balancing theory and practical applications.

Target audience
Statisticians and epidemiologists working in the European Registries.


The registration is now closed.


At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Identify basic prevalence measures, determine their scope and interpretation in terms of incidence, survival and population age structure
  2. Identify the appropriate methods to compute prevalence indicators
  3. Select the appropriate software and input information needed to calculate each indicator
  4. Plan the steps needed to derive prevalence estimates from their cancer registry data

Summary content

  • Prevalence definitions, measures, main applications and interpretation
  • Complete vs limited duration, numbers vs proportions, crude vs age adjusted, observed vs model-based, patients vs survivors
  • Statistical methods to derive population-based prevalence
  • Counting method, completeness indexes, cure survival models
  • Software to derive prevalence indicators
  • SEER*Stat Prevalence session, ComPrev, ad hoc routines for survival modelling
  • Guided exercises and examples of application
  • Practical exercise sessions with available software


A detailed programme is available here.