[The new national guidelines for the keeping of the Italian Sinonasal Cancer Registry (ReNaTuNS)]

Epidemiol Prev. 2021 Jul-Aug;45(4):296-301. doi: 10.19191/EP21.4.P296.086.
[Article in Italian]


Sinonasal cancers (SNC) are rare tumours with predominant occupational aetiology associated with exposures to specific carcinogens. In Italy, SNC incidence has been under compulsory surveillance since 2008, through the National Sinonasal Cancer Registry (ReNaTuNS), a nationwide cancer registry coordinated by the National Institute for Insurance Against Accidents at Work (Inail). The ReNaTuNS has a regional structure with local registries, established at Regional Operating Centres (CORs). Currently, seven Italian Regions are active in SNC search and, together with Inail, have recently released a new version of the national guidelines for keeping the Registry (available on the Inail website). The aim of this text is to present the new guidelines, an updating version, and to underline the relevance of this tool in enforcing the role of the ReNaTuNS, considering the high occupational fraction of SNC and the unicity of the Italian Registry, which collects all the information available on occupational exposures of each SNC case registered. It is recommended that the active search for SNC cases and the analysis of exposure become a systematic and well-organized activity to prevent or reduce risks of exposure and to support and improve the efficiency of the compensation and welfare system.

Keywords: Epidemiology; Exposure registry; Italy; Occupational exposure; Sinonasal cancer.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases* / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases* / prevention & control
  • Occupational Exposure* / adverse effects
  • Paranasal Sinus Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Paranasal Sinus Neoplasms* / etiology
  • Registries