Population-based cancer registries (PBCR) provide the data required to save lives. An accurate measure of the
cancer burden drives improvements in health care systems through national cancer control planning. Over time,
this translates to better health, economic and social outcomes.
A PBCR actively collects information on all new cancer cases; this includes data on patient demographics and
cancer type in a defined population. Sources for the registry include laboratory reports, medical records
and death certificates. These data are then entered into an information system for storage, management and
The data generated by a PBCR are important for many reasons, including:
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