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FOR RELEASE: May 12, 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Oklahoma’s Cancer Registry Receives Third 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. This is the third time Oklahoma has received this national recognition. The first award was in 2004, according to public health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).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.

The Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry received the Gold Standard for completion, accuracy, and timeliness of data, and was included in the 2006 publication of Cancer in North America: 1999 - 2003.

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.

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.

“Health programs in Oklahoma can use this data to evaluate program outcomes and to allocate precious health care resources to the areas where they are most needed to help save lives,” said OSDH Chronic Disease Service Chief Adeline Yerkes. “I would like to congratulate the staff for their hard work and dedication that led to receiving this national award.”

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