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Review: Cancer Registration

In Cancer Registration, we learned that the cancer registry is an information system established for the collection, storage management, and analysis of cancer data. Cancer registration refers to the process of continual, systematic collection of data on the occurrence and characteristics of reportable malignancies with the purpose of helping to assess and control the impact of cancer on the community. Behind the system are people, cancer registrars, who are responsible for collecting the cancer data and making sure they are timely, accurate, and complete.

A very brief history of cancer registration indicates that the recorded effort of collecting cancer-related data started in eighteenth century Europe, and the first hospital-based cancer registry came into being in New Haven, Connecticut.


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