According to the National Institutes of Health, cancer is the second leading cause of death among Americans. Doctors, researchers, and public health officials are working to change this fact by improving cancer prevention and treatment, and ultimately finding a cure. The starting point for this important work is the cancer registrar.
The CDC’s Cancer Surveillance Branch is home to the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). NPCR was established by the Cancer Registries Amendment Act in 1992. As a result, cancer is the only reportable chronic disease, allowing CDC to disseminate accurate national incidence data. By understanding the burden of cancer, public health organizations, including CDC, can create programs and interventions for prevention and early detection. The CDC funds 45 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories.
CDC-National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
United States Cancer Statistics (USCS)
United States Cancer Statistics: Data Visualizations
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.