The National Cancer Registry of Mauritius was established in 1993 following a study tour of Dr S. S. Manraj, Pathologist at University of Bordeaux II with French Cooperation assistance.
Since then, data on cancer incidence and mortality have been collected on a continuous basis as from 1989. The registry has reached population-based level since 2000 and has been maintained with WHO assistance.
Coordinator – Contact details:
Dr Shyam S. MANRAJ
National Cancer Registry Coordinator
Central Health Laboratory, Victoria Hospital
Mauritius has excellent vital statistics and 100% of deaths are medically certified and ICD-10 coded. There is a unique Radiotherapy Unit and a centralized Pathology department covering the needs of the entire Health Care Delivery System, which greatly facilitate the activities of the registry.
The last census exercise was carried out in 2000 at which time the population was 1,184,888 including the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues and other outer islands.
Case finding is semi-active and all sources are encouraged to submit their computer listings in time. Sources of Information for the registry are shown in the following diagram:
Data is processed and entered in IARC-customized CANREG4 software, which generates standard tables. Further analysis is carried out by EPI-INFO for publications and presentations.
Annual Reports are prepared and publications are issued on a four yearly basis. Latest report covers the 2005 – 2008 period. We are presently completing the 2011 Annual Report.
Publications concerning our registry which are available on the Internet are :
- Cancer incidence in the Republic of Mauritius – 5 years review 1997 to 2001. S.S. Manraj, S.B. Poorun, M.R.Eddoo, N. Jeebun, L. Moussa. Accessed 6 May 2013 (http:www.akspublication.com/paper03_jan-jun2006.htm)
- S.S. Manraj et al., "CANCER INCIDENCE IN MAURITIUS (1989-1993)", Revue d'epidemiologie et de sante publique, 45(3), 1997, pp. 257-259
During the period 2006-2010, 3145 cases were registered in males (Age standardised incidence rate of 104.6 per 100,000), and 4540 cases were registered in females (Age standardised incidence rate of 121.5 per 100,000). The most frequently registered sites of cancer in males and females for the five-year period 2006 to 2010 are shown in the charts below.
Presentations of our registry have been made at annual IACR meetings in Lisbon, Entebbe, Yokohama and BalaClava and at AORTIC meetings.
Our Registry hosted the 33rd Annual meeting of International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) at BalaClava, Mauritius in October 2011.