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Nevada Central Cancer Registry

Program Statement

The goal of the Nevada Central Cancer Registry (NCCR) is to gather comprehensive, timely, and accurate data on the incidences of cancer in Nevada.

Through the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology, the Registry provides statistical data for use by epidemiologists, health researchers and others in the medical and allied health professions.  Information from the Registry is intended to identify cancer risk, evaluate cancer patient care, and characterize leading trends in cancer incidence, survival, and mortality among state residents. 


Public Law 102-515, the Cancer Registries Amendment Act, was enacted in 1992.  Through this Congress established the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Through this Act, the NPCR was established to fund and support the operation of population-based, statewide cancer registries in order to collect cancer data.

The Nevada Central Cancer Registry (also referred to as the Statewide Cancer Registry) is regulated by both Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 457.230-457.280 and those regulations adopted by the State Board of Health. This statute mandates the reporting of cancer in the State of Nevada.  The Nevada Administrative Codes (NAC) 457.045-457.150 provides authority requiring hospitals, pathology laboratories, free-standing cancer clinics, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and physicians to report cancer cases diagnosed and treated in Nevada to the Statewide Cancer Registry.

If you are a healthcare provider and need to report a case of cancer, please complete the form found here and fax it to 775-684-5999.

The NCCR also operates under the Standards set by the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR).

History of the Registry

The NCCR is a population-based registry that maintains data on all cancer patients within the State of Nevada. The Registry began collecting cancer incidence data in 1979.  In 1995, the NCCR began receiving funding from the NPCR through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Registry receives data from hospitals, outpatient facilities and pathology laboratories throughout the State of Nevada.  The number of reporting facilities increases each year as new reporting facilities open and the Registry develops new relationships.  As a result of this and the state population growth, the number of reportable cancer cases also increases.  The Registry reported over 12,200 new cases for the 2008 diagnosis year.

Services Provided
The Nevada Central Cancer Registry provides the following services:
  • Case abstraction at hospitals with less than 100 beds (if resources available).
  • Processing cases and conducting quality assurance on cases abstracted by hospitals and out patient facilities.
  • Receiving and processing reports from pathology laboratories.
  • Providing information on patients diagnosed in Nevada who have residence in another state to states with Data Exchange Agreements.
  • Providing training to cancer registration personnel in the State.
  • In cooperation with the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology, provide statistical cancer data.
Data Quality
The NCCR collects data on all reportable cancers.  In accordance with NPCR and NAACCR Standards, the NCCR strives to achieve and maintain 95% complete case ascertainment within 24 months of diagnosis date.  The data is complied, aggregated and submitted to federal agencies annually.  Once submitted, the Registry data is reviewed by each diagnosis year for completeness, accuracy and timeliness.  Through NAACCR, registries are recognized for meeting the highest standards of data quality with Gold or Silver Standard Certifications each data year.  The NCCR has achieved Gold Standard Certification six out of the last seven diagnosis years reported.  With over five consecutive years of data qualifying for Gold Standard Certification, the NCCR’s data has been included in the United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) and the Cancer in North America (CINA) publications.
Data Exchange
The NCCR has agreements with many central registries within the United States to exchange cancer incidence data.  These agreements allow the NCCR and the named registry to exchange data regarding their residents who have been diagnosed and/or treated in another state.

The Nevada Report on Cancer is intended to be published on a biannual basis with special area reports published on a periodic basis. The report for 2003 – 2007 is currently available online. Information can also be accessed from the Cancer Registry online through the Bureau's Interactive Database System.

Data Requests

To request to use data from the cancer registry for a research purpose, please complete request to use data held by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health for a research purpose or project activity


Contacts - Cancer Registry

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE)
Vacant, Program Manager
Nevada Central Cancer Registry
4126 Technology Way, 2nd Floor
Carson City, NV 89706
Phone: (775) 684-3221
Fax: (775) 684-5999
National Cancer Observances Calendar

For a list of National Cancer Observances, see Cancer Observance Calendar.

Nevada Central Cancer Registry Manual (pdf)

Nevada Cancer Reporting Interactive Course:

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