Years Available
2001 to present
Mode of Collection
Census: abstraction of data from medical records.
Population-based central cancer registries are data systems that collect, manage, and analyze data about cancer cases and cancer deaths. In each geographical area, medical facilities report these data to a central cancer registry. The National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) provides financial and technical support to these central cancer registries and collects data on the occurrence of cancer; the type, extent, and location of the cancer, and the type of initial treatment. Central cancer registries in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Island Jurisdictions (Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau) participate in NPCR, covering 97 percent of the U.S. population. Together, NPCR and the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) collect data for the entire U.S. population. Cancer statistics are presented online in charts, maps, and tables.
Population Covered
The central registries participating in the NPCR cover 97% of the U.S. population.