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The Central Cancer Registry (CCR) collects, processes and analyzes data on all cancer cases diagnosed among North Carolina residents to inform the planning and evaluation of cancer control efforts. All health care providers are required by law to report cases to the CCR (as in nearly all other states), but the primary data source is the hospitals of the state. The CCR supplements hospital data with reports from physicians who diagnose cases that are not seen in a hospital. Death certificates and pathology laboratory reports are used to help identify cases that are missed in the routine reporting. Duplicate reports are consolidated in the data editing process. This is primarily a cancer surveillance activity, monitoring the incidence of cancer among the various populations of the state.

CCR Brochure (PDF, 425KB)


Summary data are published on the SCHS website and in several periodic publications.

The data are used by

  1. State and county health departments to target resources for health education and screening services
  2. Researchers for investigations into the causes and treatment of cancers
  3. Public health advocates for focusing attention on the risk and burden of cancer
  4. CCR and other public health staff to educate the public and provide evaluations of geographic and behavioral risk
  5. National organizations (CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries) that pool the data for national estimates of cancer incidence. These data submissions are also used to evaluate the quality of the CCR data.

Rapid Case Ascertainment External link

Data Release Procedures

Procedures for Data Release, North Carolina Central Cancer Registry, Revised January 2017 (106 KB PDF)


The Central Cancer Registry is established by North Carolina General Statute Chapter 130A - Article 7. Effective October 1, 2014, legislation mandates electronic reporting to the Central Cancer Registry. Its administrative rules are codified as North Carolina Administrative Code Title 10A - Chapter 47 SubChapter B External link.