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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 16 of the last 17 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 2016,
ACR received the Gold Standard for cancer data collected for the
diagnosis year 2013.

Registry Education/Training Resources

NAACCR Cancer Webinar materials

Each year ACR purchases the NAACCR Cancer Registry and Surveillance Webinar Series and makes it available to all registrars in the State of Alaska or as a contractor for a hospital in the State of Alaska. These Webinars can be viewed in one of two ways: live on the 1st Thursday of each month from 10am to 1pm through Go To Meeting, or by contacting ACR and watching the recorded webinar one to two weeks after the live webinar takes place by contacting ACR at cancer@alaska.gov. Notification of the webinars is performed through the CTR listserv.

Links for Health care Providers

Data and Statistics

Cancer Reporting Information and Forms

Send e-mail to cancer@alaska.gov