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Term: Cancer Site

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2016-01-21


Cancer site indicates the part of the body where the cancer originated; the primary site, regardless of metastasis. Examples of this include breast, colorectal and lung.

In Lix et al. (2016), analysis focused on six specific cancer sites, as defined by the following International Classification of Diseases for Oncology, 3rd Edition (ICD–O–3) codes:

Cancer Site
ICD-O-3 Topography Axis
ICD-O-3 Morphology Axis
Bladder C670–C679 excluding 9590–9989
Breast C500–C509 excluding 9590–9989
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) C420, C421, C424 9823/3 only
Colorectal (colon, rectum and rectosigmoid) C180–C189, C199, C209, C260 excluding 9590–9989
Lung and bronchus C340–C349 excluding 9590–9989
Prostate C619 excluding 9590–9989

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  • Lix L, Smith M, Pitz M, Ahmed R, Quon H, Griffith J, Turner D, Hong S, Prior H, Banerjee A, Koseva I, Kulbaba C. Cancer Data Linkage in Manitoba: Expanding the Infrastructure for Research. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2016. [Report] [Summary] (View)

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