What information is maintained in the cancer registry?
1926: First hospital registry at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT.
1935: First central cancer registry established in Connecticut.
1956: American College of Surgeons requires a cancer registry for approved cancer programs.
1971: National Cancer Act budgets monies to the National Cancer Institute for research, detection and treatment of cancer.
1973: Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of NCI establishes the first national Cancer Registry.
1983: NCRA’s Council of Certification establishes the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR®) credential.
1992: Congress establishes a National Program of Cancer Registries (Public Law 102-515).
1993: State laws make cancer a reportable disease.
Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The curated data provides essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. Learn more about how to become a cancer registrar and how cancer registry data is used to improve public health.