Annual Report - Gynecologic Cancer

The FIGO Annual Report on the Results of Treatment in Gynecologic Cancer is published every three years by the FIGO Committee on Gynecologic Oncology. It is a collection of data reported over the three preceding years.

Background to Report

The Annual Report has its roots in work originally produced by the Radiological Sub-Commission of the Cancer Commission of the Health Organisation of the League of Nations.

In 1928, this group was asked to explore the possibility of having uniform statistical information on the results of radiotherapeutic treatment methods for uterine cervical cancer. The recommendations of the experts to which the task was delegated were adopted by the Sub-Commission and published in 1929.

One of the major items that emerged from this activity was a classification system for grouping carcinoma of the uterine cervix into different stages, according to the extent of the growth. This system became known as the League of Nations Classification for cervical cancer and was among the first attempts at having an international staging system for this disease.

In July 1934, the Health Organisation held a conference which recommended that a publication, in the form of an annual report, should be issued by the Health Organisation, analysing the results of treatment by radiotherapy in cancer of the uterine cervix estimated after an observation of five years or more.

The first three Annual Reports were issued in 1937,1938 and 1939, and since then it has provided the greatest possible comparability between therapeutic statistics in cancers of the female genital tract in order to reliably evaluate the different methods of treatment.

In 1958, FIGO became the first official patron of the Annual Report and Volume 12, issued in 1961, was the first issued under its sponsorship. Since 1973, the Annual Report has been published every three years to coincide with the triennial FIGO World Congress.

The unique feature of the Report is the collection of data from many different countries in all continents where it is known from epidemiology that cancer incidence, prevalence, treatments and survivals may be strikingly different. Such a diversity enables a worldwide picture to be obtained for each cancer site of the female reproductive system.

The staging of gynecologic cancer is included in Volume 26 of the Report.

How to obtain the Annual Report

The Report is available from:

FIGO Annual Report Editorial Office, Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, European Institute of Oncology, via Ripamonti 435, 20141 Milan, Italy.

Fax: +39 02 574 89872 / email:

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