The Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries (NSCR) was established in 2009 as collaboration between the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, University of Maryland, Baltimore, the Federal Ministry of Health and Health institutions in Nigeria.

The main objective of the NSCR is to develop and strengthen cancer registration in Nigeria and provide data on the most common cancers, their incidence and mortality statistics to the government for policy purposes and researchers. This objective is being achieved through training, mentoring, site supervision, advocacy, troubleshooting and logistics support.

NSCR works in collaboration with local and international partners including the United States’ National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Fogarty International Center (FIC); the International Prevention Research Institute (iPRI) Lyon, France; International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France; Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria (SOCRON), Ibadan, Nigeria and the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN).

NSCR plays a supervisory and mentoring role over all cancer registries in Nigeria by developing policy guidelines on cancer registration and epidemiology in Nigeria. NSCR provides technical, logistic and scientific support to cancer registries; organizes training and retraining in cancer registration, collates and analyzes cancer registry data; and disseminates findings through publications, newsletters and reports to the Federal Ministry of Health, Health institutions, researchers, mass media and all interested personnel in Nigeria.

NSCR advocates for establishment of cancer registration in institutions where they are currently not present, provides support for upgrading of the Hospital-Based cancer registries to Population-Based cancer registries and strengthens Population-Based cancer registries to ensure that they are able to maintain their and improve the quality of their work.

Director: Prof. Clement Adebamowo

Monitoring team members: Drs. Elima Jedy-Agba, Emmanuel Oga and Michael Odutola.



  1. Cancer Registration, Epidemiology and Use of CanReg4 held from April 7th to 9th 2009, with 70 participants from 30 Federal Health Institutions.
  2. Cancer Registration, Epidemiology and Use of CanReg4 held in  Dec 2009, with 35 participants from 30 Federal Health Institutions
  3. Quality control in cancer registries held in Feb. 2011, with 30 participants from 20 Federal Health Institutions
  4. The AFCRN in collaboration with NSCR held an Advanced Training Course on Cancer Registration Methods, which took place between the 19th and 23rd of November, 2012


Site visits: Member registries
Ekiti Cancer Registry
Keffi Cancer Registry
Kano Registry
Nnewi Registry
Gwagwalada Registry
Enugu Registry
Jos Registry


Collaborating Registries: Population Based Cancer Registries

Ibadan Cancer Registry (IBCR)
Abuja Cancer Registry (ABCR)
Calabar Cancer Registry (CCR)

University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu (UNTH) Cancer Registry
University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin (UITH) Cancer Registry
University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt (UPTH) Cancer Registry
Federal Medical Centre, Ekiti Cancer Registry
University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar (UCTH) Cancer Registry
Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, (OAUTH) Cancer Registry
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi (NAUTH) Cancer Registry
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja (LASUTH) Cancer Registry
Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria (ABUTH) Cancer Registry
University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri (UMTH) Cancer Registry
Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere (LUTH) Cancer Registry
Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos (JUTH) Cancer Registry
Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano (AKTH) Cancer Registry
Federal Medical Centre, Gombe Cancer Registry
University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin (UBTH) Cancer Registry
University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo (UUTH) Cancer Registry
Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja Cancer Registry
Federal Medical Centre, Keffi Cancer Registry
Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta Cancer Registry
Federal Medical Centre, Owo Cancer Registry
Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa Cancer Registry


Cancers in Nigeria (2009-10): Ibadan and Abuja Cancer Registries



  1. 1. Elima Jedy-Agba, Emmanuel Oga, Peju Osinubi, Festus Igbinoba, Gloria Osunbor, Theresa Otu, Henry Kumai, Ahmed Mayun, James Abdulazeez,  O. Erinomo, Adebayo Ojo, Cornelius Uka, Gloria Oyeoka, William Blattner, Clement Adebamowo, “Creating a Nationwide Cancer Registration System to Support AIDS-Cancer Match Studies in Nigeria” Poster Presentation, 13th International Conference on Malignancies in AIDS and Other Acquired Immunodeficiencies. (ICMAOI) November 7-8 2011, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  2. Elima Jedy-Agba, Maria Paula Curado, Olufemi Ogunbiyi,  Emmanuel Oga Toyin Fabowale, Festus Igbinoba, Gloria Osubor, Theresa Otu, Henry Kumai, Alice Koechlin, Patience Osinubi, William Blattner and Clement A. Adebamowo, Cancer Incidence in Nigeria: A report from population-based cancer registries. Abstract accepted as Rapid Oral Presenatation at the 2012 World Cancer Congress (WCC) August 27th-30th, Montreal, Canada



  1. Jedy-Agba E, Curado MP, Ogunbiyi O, et al. Cancer incidence in Nigeria: a report from population-based cancer registries. Cancer Epidemiol 2012;36:e271-8.
  2. Jedy-Agba EE, Curado MP, Oga E, et al. The role of hospital-based cancer registries in low and middle income countries-The Nigerian Case Study. Cancer Epidemiol 2012;36:430-5.



The activities of the NSCR are partly funded by IHVN-UM Capacity Development for Research into AIDS Associated Malignancies (CADRE) grant (NIH/NCI D43CA153792-01) from the National Cancer Institute.