The department collects and processes data on malignant cancer incidence in Lower Silesia. Data based on Cancer Notification Forms MZ/N-1a.

The obligation to report the MZ/N 1-a forms was regulated by the Act of 29 June 1995. on Public Statistics and the annual regulations of the Council of Ministers related to the Program of public statistics. (more information is available at  http://onkologia.org.pl/legislacja/).


 Cancer Notification Forms can be filled on-line. The first step is filling in the “User account set-up request form” at: www.onkologia.org.pl 
After obtaining a login and password, the physician can fill in the Cancer Notification Form and send it directly to the registry. Upon verification (or return for correction) and acceptance of the form by the registry employees, it will be included in the data base.
Cancer Registry Office provides information and assistance related to electronic form submission.


Cancer Notification Form Mz/N-1a   Form + instructions

+ Filling-in instructions

Lower Silesian Cancer Registry (DRN) covers a population of about 3 million. Each year about 12.000 new incidences are added to the registry database and the information on the patients from the previous years is updated with data taken from patient records (about 35.000) and death records (7.000). We also cooperate with residential and communal population registration offices to monitor for changes.

Since 1984 we have entered almost 310 thousand items of information on cancers. It allows for the monitoring of trends in the number incidences.


Materials prepared by DRN are used by the authors of scientific and popular articles and those medical personnel striving to improve their qualifications.


They are presented during seminars and conferences (national and international). They are also used for prevention. The data is useful for physicians, medical personnel, WOKs and everyone who is interested in cancer epidemiology and prevention in a broad sense. The epidemiological data is maintained in coordination with the managers of organizational units in order to prepare plans, studies and reports.


The department issues annual bulletins related to cancer epidemiology in the Lower Silesian voivodeship.


Lower Silesian Cancer Registry (DRN) is considered one of the best registries in Poland (in terms of quality and completeness of the data). High level of data reliability resulted in cooperation with IARC, International Agency for Research on Cancer (since 1989) and ENCR, European Network of Cancer Registries (since 1990).


Cooperation with WHO agencies is based on the exchange of data and publications.


Epidemiological studies related to the Lower Silesian voivodeship are available in “Cancer Incidence in Five Continents “, Vol.VI of 1992, vol. VII of1997, vol. VIII of 2002, and vol. X of 2013.


The latest study: The Lancet Oncology: Large differences in cancer survival between European countries still remain despite major improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Cancer survival still varies widely between European countries despite major improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment during the first decade of the 21st century, according to the latest EUROCARE-5 reports covering over 50% of the adult and 77% of the childhood population of Europe. Lancet Oncology


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    Data for Poland and selected voivodeships
    (dolnośląskie, podkarpackie, świętokrzyskie, wielkopolskie) is also available in
    CONCORD2 – Global surveillance of cancer survival 19952009
  • link to app. 2
    CONCORD2 – Appendix
  • link to app. 3
    CONCORD2 FAQ 24 November 2014
  • link to app. 4
    CONCORD2 Press release 24 November 2014
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    Eurocare 5 Survival Analysis 2000-2007

Since 1991 Cancer Epidemiology Department has been issuing annual bulletins to inform of new data included in the Registry for Lower Silesia. They are printed in 1000 copies and distributed free of charge among physicians. During early stages, it was financed by sponsors and currently funds are allocated by the Ministry of Health as part of the program: ”Improvement in the functioning of the cancer data collecting and recording system as one of the tasks of the National Programme for Combating Cancer””.



The resources included in the Register are used by the Malignant Cancer Epidemiology Committee:


  • Jerzy Błaszczyk (M.Sc.)  – president
  • Piotr Hudziec, MD, Ph.D.
  • Bartłomiej Szynglarewicz, MD, Ph.D.
  • Beata Hawro, MD
  • Maria Wolny-Łątka, MD


that has prepared 15 reports:




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