The DC Cancer Registry (DCCR) collects, maintains, and reports cancer incidence on all cancers diagnosed and/or treated in the District. We track all types of malignant cancers, and certain benign tumors, and publishes annual reports on the incidence and mortality of cancer in the District.
We gather its data from acute care hospitals, labs, and other reporting agencies mandated under existing law. The Department of Health has also entered into reciprocal exchange agreements for cancer information with its neighboring states - in order to capture all occurrences of cancer among DC residents.
We are the Department’s most successful surveillance programs. Data gathered are subjected to the stringent protocols of completeness, accuracy and timeliness. Since 1997, the District’s cancer data have been closely reviewed by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), and the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). Academic medical centers, researchers, public health and advocacy agencies and interested lay persons rely heavily on the reports generated by the DCCR.
DCCR Core Functions
- Carrying out the District’s mandate for compiling all malignant cancer diagnoses among residents no matter where health-care is sought.
- Performing sound epidemiological studies to understand the etiology of cancer in the District.
- Assisting in designing and implementing cancer control and prevention initiatives to reduce the high rates of cancer mortality among District residents by focusing on treatable or preventable cancers such as breast and cervical, lung, prostate, and colorectal malignancy.
- To produce a complete, accurate and timely cancer database on DC residents, and analyze and distribute the findings to the community, researchers, intervention strategists and policy makers in the District of Columbia.
- To circulate published reports among individuals and organizations at the local and national levels.
- To contact all federal and non-federal health-care providers operating in the District of Columbia, and neighboring States and out-of-state registries for cancer information on District residents diagnosed and/or treated elsewhere.
- To ensure that the completeness, quality and timeliness of data gathered by the DC Cancer Registry meets National standards.
- To monitor the levels and trends in cancer incidence and mortality among DC residents.