A cancer registry collects and combines detailed information about cancer patients and the initial treatments they receive to answer questions like—
Is there a certain area of a state where women are finding out they have breast cancer at a late stage, when it’s harder to treat?
Where will prevention efforts, like screening, have the biggest benefit?
What groups of people are most likely to get a certain type of cancer, like liver or skin cancer?
Cancer registries analyse the data collected and share the answers to these questions with other groups, like state comprehensive cancer control coalitions, which work to prevent cancer. These groups may find that some people aren’t getting cancer screening tests, or they’re making choices that raise their chance of getting cancer. The data may also show that certain groups of people are getting cancer more than others.
Cancer control groups and advocates work to address the problems identified. Then they look to cancer registries for new information to help them know if their solutions are working.
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