• The Massachusetts Cancer Registry (MCR) collects information on all newly diagnosed cases of cancer in the state. These data provide important information for monitoring the impact of environmental and occupational hazards. The data are also used when designing and evaluating cancer prevention and control programs.

    Each year, the MCR issues two main reports:

    • Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Massachusetts, and
    • The City/Town Supplement.

    The first report provides statewide information on cancer incidence and mortality. The supplemental report contains cancer incidence information by town. The MCR also provides special publications that contain statistical data for specific cancer types or current public health issues related to cancer.

    The MCR makes data available through consultation, technical assistance and presentations. The MCR also partners with other MDPH bureaus in cancer prevention and control programs, researchers at leading universities, and with the American Cancer Society. All data requests follow strict confidentiality guidelines.

    The MCR is a member of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). The MCR follows standards set by:

    • NAACCR,
    • The Commission on Cancer / American College of Surgeons,
    • The National Cancer Institute / Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, and
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / National Program of Cancer Registries.

    Contact Information

    Massachusetts Cancer Registry
    250 Washington Street, 6th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108
    Phone: (617) 624-5642
    Fax: (617) 624-5695

  • Statewide Reports

    The statewide report presents cancer incidence and mortality data for Massachusetts. The data are divided into twenty-three types of cancer for a five-year time period.
  • City & Town Series

    The city/town series report provides standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) for twenty-three types of cancer in the 351 cities and towns of Massachusetts for a five-year time period.
  • Special Reports

    These reports contain statistical data for specific cancer types or current public health issues related to cancer.
  • Abstracting & Coding Manuals

    These manuals are published by the Massachusetts Cancer Registry to set data coding standards for hospital data reporters.
  • Massachusetts Cancer Registry Edits

    These are the current Massachusetts Cancer Registry Edits. They are to be used to edit the quality of cancer abstracts before submission to the Massachusetts Cancer Registry.
  • Cancer Registry