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Cancer Registries

  1. B. Hankey,
  2. April Fritz

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a03020

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

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Hankey, B. and Fritz, A. 2005. Cancer Registries. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 1.

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  1. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


We review the history of cancer surveillance and distinguish hospital-based from population-based cancer registries. Registry operations include case ascertainment, abstracting and coding, data collection, quality control, and producing statistics on health outcomes. The characteristics of the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program are described, and we give web site addresses that describe SEER procedures, facilities for making data and analytical tools available, and a strategic plan for cancer surveillance research.


  • cancer surveillance;
  • hospital-based cancer registry;
  • population-based cancer registry;
  • surveillance, epidemiology and end results (SEER) program