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National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.


NPCR provides funds and guidance to States and US territories to implement and enhance their cancer registries. In fiscal 2002 NPCR supported central registries and promoted the use of registry data in 45 States, the District of Columbia, and 3 territories. Cancer registry data collected through the NPCR are used to identify and monitor trends in cancer incidence and mortality; guide planning and evaluation of cancer control programs; help allocate health resources; contribute to clinical, epidemiologic, and health services research; and respond to concerns from citizens over the presence of cancer in their communities.

Population Targeted

NPCR registries collect data about cancer cases occurring among 96% of the U.S. population.

Demographic Data

Gender, age, race.

Years Collected

Since 1994.


Data collection is ongoing. Reports are published periodically. Since 2001, State registries have been reporting data annually.

Geographic Estimates

National, participating States.

Contact Information

Agency homepage:

Data system homepage:


U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999-2001 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report Version. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2004. Available at:



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