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FOR RELEASE: May 4, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Oklahoma’s Cancer Registry Receives National Gold Standard Certification

The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) has awarded the Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry with NAACCR’s Gold Standard Award.

NAACCR annually reviews cancer registries for their ability to produce complete, accurate and timely data, and recognizes those that meet the highest standard of quality. There are 76 eligible population-based cancer registries in North America, of which only 38 received gold standard certification.

The Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry received the Gold Standard for completion, passing edits, and timeliness of data within 23 months. Oklahoma’s registry had less than one percent missing data elements for sex, age, county, and race and is over 95 percent complete with all reportable cancers in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry is an information system designed for the collection, management and analysis of data on persons with a diagnosis of a malignant or neoplastic disease (cancer). The registry is population-based and maintains data on all persons with cancer in Oklahoma since 1997.

“Health programs in Oklahoma can use this data to evaluate outcomes, quality of life, referral patterns, and to help allocate precious health care resources,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher. “We can use this type of data to help us improve our decision-making process and to find ways to provide quality health care at lower costs and with increased efficiencies,” Crutcher said.

The registry provides information that can be used for cancer surveillance, to determine cancer patterns in various populations, develop research and educational programs, and evaluate treatments. In addition, the registry is used to measure trends in incidence and mortality, guide cancer program planning and evaluate whether screening and other prevention measures are making a difference, assist in resource allocation, and serve as a foundation for a national comprehensive cancer control strategy.

The registry contains a summary of the patient's information contained in the health care facility record, including but not limited to the cancer patient's history, diagnosis, treatment, and current status.

Confidentiality of patient identifying information and related medical information is strictly maintained using only aggregate data for analysis and publication.

“I would like to congratulate the Oklahoma State Department of Health Chronic Disease Service staff for their rigorous efforts that resulted in Oklahoma’s Cancer Registry receiving this special recognition,” Crutcher said.

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