How is quality assurance and data management provided for the Maryland Cancer Registry?
Tracking cancer burden in Maryland
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required by law to maintain a registry of all cancers diagnosed in Maryland. Hospitals, physician's offices, radiation therapy centers, ambulatory care facilities, and diagnostic laboratories licensed in the state report incidences of cancer to the Maryland Cancer Registry (MCR).
These data are used to
- Track trends in cancer incidence
- Identify geographic variations in cancer incidence
- Provide a foundation for cancer prevention programs throughout the state
Westat supported this effort by providing quality assurance and data management for the MCR.