CCR Innovations | Volume 1, Issue 1 - page 2

California Cancer Registry
Volume 1, Issue 1
The CCR’s Surveillance and Data Use unit, formally known as the Research and Surveillance Program unit (RASP),
has maintained the same core functions throughout the transition to the UCD Health System. The unit continues
to focus its efforts on using CCR data to monitor and report on the cancer burden in California. We accomplish
this by doing the following:
Producing annual incidence and mortality reports, special topics reports, and other informational
spotlights, posters, and brochures.
Producing the annual “California Cancer Facts & Figures” on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
Conducting surveillance and epidemiologic studies using cancer registry data.
Maintaining the CCR website content and capacity for public access to selected cancer data.
Responding to public inquiries and requests for information about cancer.
Responding to public concerns about cancer clusters in their community.
Promoting and supporting the use of CCR data for studies conducted by qualified researchers.
Creating datasets in SAS and Seer*Stat for surveillance and epidemiologic studies.
Enhancing CCR data by performing linkages with other databases such as hospital discharge data.
Collaborating and providing support to federal, state, and local cancer control agencies (e.g., Every
Woman Counts and California’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program) as well as to other cancer
organizations and stakeholders.
People browsing through the CCR website will find many surveillance-related resources, including CCR FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions), current cancer statistics, and all CCR cancer reports published to date. We also
support another popular feature on the CCR website, the “Data and Mapping Tool.” This user-friendly
interactive tool allows users to generate maps and tables of California incidence or mortality rates and counts
for each cancer site by sex, race/ethnicity, year, and county.
One of the most common questions asked of the CCR’s Surveillance and Data Use unit by the public is whether
we are in the midst of a cancer epidemic in California. Because the CCR monitors the number of newly
diagnosed cancers and the cancer deaths occurring in California, we can say that this is definitively a
misconception. The graphs on the next page depict the decreasing incidence and mortality rates for the four
most common cancers in California and are an excellent example of the type of work conducted by this unit.
Data and Statistics
Cyllene Morris, DVM, PhD
Research Program Director
Cheryl Moody, BA, CTR
Production Automation & Quality Control Manager
issued by the Data Standards and Quality Control (DSQC) Unit are now being issued by the PAQC Unit.
All of the above collaborating partners are dedicated to the continued excellence of the CCR. Our commitment is
to maintain the CCR as one of the leading cancer registries in the world. This level of performance is only
feasible through the talent and dedication of cancer registrars as well as other professionals throughout the
state who ensure that cancer cases are collected and reported in an accurate and timely manner.
Thank you for all the work that you do that enables this to be possible.
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