The cancer registry as a cancer-control tool


  • Otis W. Brawley MD

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    1. American Cancer Society and Emory University, Atlanta, Ga
    • Corresponding author: Otis W. Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society, Inc., 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303; Fax: (404) 329-7530;

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  • See referenced Commentary on pages 1312–37, this issue.


Today's cancer registry is a powerful public health and cancer control tool. Assessment can provide insight into practice patterns and the effectiveness of interventions. The future of the cancer registry involves acquisition of big data from the electronic medical record. The challenge will be to use the technology wisely, because privacy concerns already are threatening some registries.