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National Cancer Registrars Week
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Cancer registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals, and community leaders to observe the 25th annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 5-9, 2021.  The 2021 theme, Cancer Registrars: The Driving Force of Cancer Data, reflects the important role cancer registrars play in collecting and reporting the data that support cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and research.

Cancer registrars at facilities that diagnosis and/or treat persons with cancer collect information on diagnosis, treatment, and health status on each of their patients with cancer. Cancer registrars at ODH’s Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System (OCISS) compile information from the hospitals, ambulatory clinics, treatment facilities, and physician offices that diagnose and treat cancer patients and create a single record that best describes each and every cancer diagnosed and/or treated in the state of Ohio. There would not be cancer surveillance without cancer registrars, their extensive knowledge, and the quality of data they generate.

OCISS data consistently meet national standards for data completeness and data quality and, as a result, are included in numerous national publications,  including the prestigious Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. OCISS data have been key to the ongoing development of Ohio’s cancer control plans and will also be used to evaluate progress. Each year, the OCISS Analytic Team generates numerous data publications, which can be found on the Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System (OCISS) Data & Statistics Page.

More information on OCISS can be found on the Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System (OCISS) homepage.