PROMEC Cancer Registry
The Medical Research Council (MRC) of South Africa set up a population-based cancer register (PBCR) in four magisterial areas (Butterwoth, Centane, Bizana and Lusikisiki) of the former Transkei region of the Eastern Cape Province more than 20 years ago. The aim of the register was to provide basic data on spatial and temporal variations in cancer patterns in the region with particular respect to oesophageal cancer which was rated amongst the highest in the world.
In its present form, the register covers the population of eight (8) magisterial districts that include Butterworth, Centane (Kentani), Idutywa, Nqamakwe, Willowvale (South-West part of the region), Bizana, Flagstaff and Lusikisiki (North-East region). The population at the most recent census (2001) was 1.3 million of which the majority are Black Africans who speak isiXhosa supporting both Christian and traditional norms and values.
The registry is located on the second floor of the RIND Building of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) in Tygerberg, Cape Town. It is funded mainly by the MRC and receives additional funding from the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).