Massachusetts Cancer Registry (MCR) Data

The Massachusetts Cancer Registry is responsible for the collection of information regarding all newly diagnosed cases of cancer in Massachusetts. This data is part of the Department of Public Health's Population Health Information Tool (PHIT).

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What you need to know

The Massachusetts Cancer Registry (MCR) receives detailed information on newly diagnosed cases of cancer in Massachusetts residents. Cases are reported from acute care hospitals as well as non-hospital sources such as surgical centers, commercial pathology laboratories, medical practice associations, radiation/oncology centers, dermatology centers, and physicians.  The data collected includes demographic patient information and cancer diagnosis information such as type of cancer, stage at diagnosis, treatment and survival status.  

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In addition to annual statewide and city/town reports on cancer statistics, the MCR also provides special publications that focus on 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 the Department of Public Health Cancer Prevention and Control program, researchers at leading universities, and with the American Cancer Society. In collaboration with these groups, MCR data are used to describe the cancer burden in Massachusetts, identify populations with higher cancer risk, target programs in underserved areas, evaluate cancer control and screening programs, set priorities for resource allocation, and investigate possible causes of cancer.  MCR aggregate data are available online.

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

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

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