April 10-14, Indiana State Cancer Registry joins National Cancer Registrars Week Cancer Registrars: Putting the Pieces Together
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — As part of the 21st Annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) recognizes the work of the Indiana State Cancer Registry (ISCR) and Indiana’s cancer registrars. Held from April 10-14, the 2017 NCRW theme, Cancer Registrars: Putting the Pieces Together, reflects cancer registrars’ role in compiling the critical information necessary to support effective cancer treatment and research, with the ultimate goal of preventing cancer and finding a cure.
“The Indiana State Cancer Registry’s quality cancer data contributions are critical to fulfilling the ICC’s mission of reducing the cancer burden in Indiana,” said ICC Board of Directors Chair Paul Halverson, DrPH, FACHE.
Cancer registrars are data information specialists that collect and code patient-level data for cancer registries. The registries provide essential information to healthcare providers and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs.
Established in 1985 by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, the ISCR records all cases of malignant disease, other tumors, and precancerous diseases that are diagnosed or treated in Indiana. It compiles the information and data necessary for the study and survey of the incidence, distribution, and control of cancer within the state, in order to apply appropriate preventive and control measures.
The ISCR has gained national recognition for excellence for the past several years, including a gold standard designation from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) for quality, completeness and timeliness of cancer data. In addition to the NAACCR designation, the ISCR was one of 19 cancer registries to receive a Registry of Distinction designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Indiana residents can access ISCR data through the ISCR Statistics Report Generator. This online tool allows Hoosiers to generate a report based on data from the ISCR by making a few simple selections. For more information on the ISCR, visit www.in.gov/isdh/24968.htm.
Those interested in reducing the burden of cancer in Indiana should consider participating in the ICC, a statewide network of partnerships whose mission is to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana through the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive plan that addresses cancer across the continuum from prevention through end of life. Participation in the ICC is open to all organizations and individuals interested in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship, data collection and advocacy regarding cancer-related issues. Learn more at www.IndianaCancer.org.