Drawing module

You can use our drawing module to retrieve data from the Belgian Cancer Registry (BCR) yourself. 

Link to drawing module

You can select data by:

•    Cancer type (inclusion criteria are available here);
•    Sex (Male – Female – Both sexes together);
•    Region (Belgium – Flanders – Wallonia – Brussels);
•    Incidence year (from 1999 for Flanders and from 2004 for all of Belgium until the most recent year available);
•    5-year age group (for absolute numbers and gross incidence only). 


The data are always presented in table and graph form, and both the graph and the underlying figures can be downloaded. Three different views are available:


  1. Absolute numbers (N): these figures give the number of newly registered cancer diagnoses for a given period, region, sex and/or 5-year age group.
  2. Gross incidence or Crude Rate (CR): this parameter recalculates the absolute numbers (N) to the same population size (N/100,000). For example, you can obtain age-specific incidence rates that allow you to compare the risk of a cancer diagnosis between different 5-year age groups.
  3. Incidence rates standardised for age from the 1960 World Standardized Rate (WSR), the 1976 European Standardized Rate (ESR) and the 2013 revised ESR (RESR): standardisation is needed to accommodate differences in population structure (over time or between regions). An important factor in interpreting trends in cancer incidence is population ageing, as cancer is an age-dependent disease. Normally, the higher the proportion of elderly people in the population, the higher the total number of cancer diagnoses When absolute numbers (N) and gross incidence or Crude Rate (CR) figures are used, this gives a misleading picture of the actual changes in the risk of a cancer diagnosis. In contrast, direct standardisation allows a much better estimate of the evolution of the risk of cancer diagnosis between regions or over time. 


Methodological note: 

BCR records data on cancer diagnoses for Flanders from the incidence year 1997 onwards. Data from before 1997 are unreliable because the methodology for registration and processing was completely different then. In the period 1997–1999, methodology improved significantly. This continual improvement resulted in an almost complete registration of cancer for Flanders from the incidence year 1999–2000 and led to BCR making cancer diagnosis figures available for Flanders since 1999. 

Cancer diagnoses in Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region only started to be registered later, partly due to the 2003 federal legal obligation to register cancer diagnoses. Full coverage for these regions, and thus for the whole of Belgium, is therefore only available from the 2004 incidence year. Data for Belgium before the period 1999–2003 are not included here because of under-registration at that time.

Source reference:
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). (2017) TNM classification of malignant tumours (Edited by Brierley JD, Gospodarowicz MK, Wittekind C)(8th edition).