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Alaska Cancer Registry

Alaska Cancer Registry

The Alaska Cancer Registry (ACR) is a population-based cancer surveillance system and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ACR collects data on all newly diagnosed cases of cancer (including benign brain) for the State of Alaska. The registry operates under several statutes and regulations required for compliance with the Cancer Registries Amendment Act, Public Law 102-515: Alaska Administrative Code 7 AAC 27.011 - Reporting of cancer and brain tumors, and Alaska Statutes Sec. 18.05.042 - Access to health care records.

Purpose of the Registry

ACR collects a wide variety of information to determine cancer incidence, mortality, treatment and survival. The data are used to:

  • determine the incidence of cancer in Alaska with respect to geographic and demographic characteristics

  • monitor trends over time

  • monitor early detection, evaluate the effectiveness of cancer control programs and identify areas in need of public health interventions

  • determine how Alaska compares with the rest of the Nation

  • provide a database and serve as a resource for health planners, medical professionals, researchers and others concerned about cancer

For 12 of the last 13 years, ACR has received the highest NAACCR Gold Certification
level of certification available (Gold Standard) from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). The certification is based on an annual review of data quality, completeness, and timeliness. In 2013, ACR received the Gold Standard for cancer data collected for the diagnosis year 2010.

Registry Education/Training Resources

NAACCR Cancer Webinar materials

2009 Archives

The 2008-2009 Cancer Registry & Surveillance Webinar topics are listed below. Webinars are held in the Providence Cancer Center located at 3851 Piper Street on the first Thursday each month. The September 11th Webinar is scheduled from 10 am – 2 pm. Webinars beginning in October will be scheduled from 10 am – 1 pm.

  • January 8, 2009 — Measuring and Minimizing the Disclosure Risk of a Cancer Data Public Use File
  • February 5, 2009 — Collecting Cancer Data: Pharynx
  • March 5, 2009 — Cancer Staging In-depth
  • April 2, 2009 — Collecting Cancer Data: Central Nervous System
  • May 7, 2009 — Using the National Death Index in Registry Mortality Ascertainment Activities
  • June 4, 2009 — Collecting Cancer Data: Prostate
  • July 9, 2009 — Advanced Coding & Abstracting
  • August 6, 2009 — Collecting Cancer Data: Breast
  • September 3, 2009 — Assessing and Using Cancer Data

2008 Archives

  • September 11, 2008 — Abstracting Other Digestive System Cancer Incident and Treatment Data
  • October 2, 2008 — Collecting Cancer Data: Bladder
  • November 6, 2008 — Coding Pitfalls
  • December 4, 2008 — Collecting Cancer Data: Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Other Hematopoeitic Malignancies

2007 Archives

Links for Health care Providers

Data and Statistics

Cancer Reporting Information and Forms

Send e-mail tocancer@alaska.gov