cancer data collection has been primarily from hospitals. As medical advances
have occurred, diagnosis and treatment of certain cancers has moved from the
acute care setting to being fully cared for within a physician/medical office
and therefore never received and counted by the registry. The NCCR supplements
hospital data with reports from non-hospital sources such as facilities and
providers who diagnose and/or treat cases that are not seen in a hospital. In
addition, death certificates and pathology laboratory reports are used to help
identify cases that are missed in this routine reporting by hospitals, health
care facilities and providers of health care offices. Any duplicate reports are
consolidated in the data editing process. The purpose of this concerted effort
is to alleviate under-reporting or a delay in reporting which can adversely
affect incidence rates and research from incomplete data collection.
NCCR annually compiles comprehensive cancer data
collected for all years of operation and submits a report to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Program of Cancer Registries
(NPCR) and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR)
and for analysis, certifications, and inclusion in national cancer statistics.
Timely and complete cancer data are used to evaluate the
appropriateness of measures for the prevention and control of cancer and
conducting comprehensive epidemiological surveys of cancer and cancer-related
deaths statewide and nationally.
NCCR is a vital tool for monitoring the incidence of
cancer within the state and sharing that information with health care
professionals, researchers, and the general public.