About the Massachusetts Cancer Registry (MCR)

Information about the MCR reports, data, and laws and regulations

Overview

Each year, the MCR issues two main reports:

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.

Laws and regulations

Massachusetts General Laws

M.G.L Chapter 111, Section 111B

Regulations

105 CMR 301.000 - Cancer Registry

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