The Swiss Canine Cancer Registry: a retrospective study on the occurrence of tumours in dogs in Switzerland from 1955 to 2008

Grüntzig, K; Graf, R; Hässig, M; Welle, Monika Maria; Meier, D; Lott, G; Erni, D; Schenker, N S; Guscetti, F; Boo, G; Axhausen, K; Fabrikant, S; Folkers, G; Pospischil, A (2015). The Swiss Canine Cancer Registry: a retrospective study on the occurrence of tumours in dogs in Switzerland from 1955 to 2008. Journal of comparative pathology, 152(2-3), pp. 161-171. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jcpa.2015.02.005

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Diagnostic records are a key feature of any cancer epidemiology, prevention or control strategy for man and animals. Therefore, the information stored in human and animal cancer registries is essential for undertaking comparative epidemiological, pathogenic and therapeutic research. This study presents the Swiss Canine Cancer Registry, containing case data compiled between 1955 and 2008. The data consist of pathology diagnostic records issued by three veterinary diagnostic laboratories in Switzerland. The tumours were classified according to the guidelines of the International Classification of Oncology for Humans on the basis of tumour type, malignancy and body location. The dogs were classified according to breed, age, sex, neuter status and place of residence. The diagnostic data were correlated with data on the Swiss general dog population and the incidence of cancer in dogs was thus investigated. A total of 67,943 tumours were diagnosed in 121,963 dogs and 47.07% of these were malignant. The most common tumour location was the skin (37.05%), followed by mammary glands (23.55%) and soft tissue (13.66%). The most common tumour diagnoses were epithelial (38.45%), mesenchymal (35.10%) and lymphoid tumours (13.23%). The results are compared with data in other canine registries and similarities in tumour distribution and incidence are noted. It is hoped that this study will mark the beginning of continuous registration of dog tumours in Switzerland, which, in turn, will serve as a reference for research in the fields of animal and human oncology.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > DermFocus
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Animal Pathology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)

UniBE Contributor:

Welle, Monika Maria

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0021-9975

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Barbara Gautschi-Steffen

Date Deposited:

15 Feb 2016 14:37

Last Modified:

17 Feb 2016 10:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jcpa.2015.02.005

PubMed ID:

25824119

Uncontrolled Keywords:

cancer registry; dog; epidemiology

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.75565

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/75565

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