NCRA actively supports cancer registrars through conducting surveys, analyzing public policy, and promoting change. Several past advocacy successes are noted below.
NCRA brought the cancer registrars’ message to Congress through its Walk on the Hill during its 2012 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Cancer registrars met with their representatives and asked them to support unified cancer prevention and control activities at the CDC. NCRA prepared information packets outlining the important work of cancer registrars. The packets were customized to include state fact sheets showcasing how cancer registry data was used to promote public health initiatives in the state and inform state-wide and national research.
NCRA conducted a survey to establish staffing and productivity guidelines to benefit the entire field of cancer registration and surveillance.
NCRA was asked to help solicit House of Representatives on the Allied Health Reinvestment Act. NCRA created a grassroots campaign and delivered 300 signed postcards to representatives.
NCRA brought the cancer registrars message to Congress by taking its first Walk on the Hill. NCRA represented two bills including the Allied Health Reinvestment Act and the National Cancer Act of 2003. NCRA members met with US Representatives and Senators from their congressional district after meeting with representatives who already supported the bill.
NCRA participated in C-CHANGE, a collaboration to conquer cancer and is recognized as a full partner in cancer issues.
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.