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More About Cancer

Learn more about cancer and the organizations that work to understand, educate and develop resources with the common goal of reducing the burden of cancer by visiting their websites:

American Cancer Society (ACS) External link
The ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. From basic information about cancer and its causes to in-depth information on specific cancer types – including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options – you'll find it here.

American College of Surgeons (ACoS) External link
The ACoS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The ACoS conducts various programs through its Commission on Cancer External link to improve the care of the cancer patient. Promotes a program that encourages hospitals to develop programs for optimal care of cancer patients and to seek, on a voluntary basis, College approval of these programs.

American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) External link
The AJCC established the way cancer is communicated. Clinicians and the surveillance community count on the AJCC for the most comprehensive anatomic staging data available, the Cancer Staging Manual and Cancer Staging Atlas. These AJCC publications are recognized as the authoritative guides for cancer staging information and are used by tens of thousands of medical professionals every day.

Association of North Carolina Cancer Registrars (ANCCR) External link
ANCCR is a non-profit professional organization of NC cancer registrars to provide support and education on cancer registry operations for all cancer registrars and other allied health professionals interested in cancer data.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) External link 
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) External link
CBTRUS is a not-for-profit corporation committed to providing a resource for gathering and disseminating current epidemiologic data on all primary benign and malignant brain and other central nervous system tumors for the purposes of accurately describing their incidence and survival patterns, evaluating diagnosis and treatment, facilitating etiologic studies, establishing awareness of the disease, and ultimately, for the prevention of all central nervous system tumors. The NC CCR supports CBTRUS through its requirement to report benign and non-malignant CNS tumors to the NC CCR.

International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) External link
IACR was founded in 1966, as a professional society dedicated to fostering the aims and activities of cancer registries worldwide. It is primarily for population-based registries, which collect information on the occurrence and outcome of cancer in defined population groups (usually the inhabitants of a city, region, or country).

National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) External link
NCRA is the national professional organization for cancer registrars. Information on becoming a Certified Tumor Registrar can be found at this site.

North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) External link
NAACCR is a non-profit professional organization that develops standards for cancer registries in North America, certifies registries, publishes data and promotes the use of surveillance data to reduce the cancer burden. The NC CCR is a member of NAACCR.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) External link
NCI is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. Click on the following links for more information available from the NCI on the following topics:

  • Cancer Clusters External link
  • What is Cancer? External link
  • State Cancer Profiles External link
  • Characterizes the cancer burden in a standardized manner to motivate action, integrate surveillance into cancer control planning, characterize areas and demographic groups, and expose health disparities.
  • Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T External link
  • Provides Web-based access to data and resources, such as the State Cancer Profiles, that can help planners, program staff, and researchers design, implement and evaluate evidence-based cancer control programs.

National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) External link
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partially funds the NC CCR through its National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). Most state central registries are at least partially funded through this program. Through its national programs, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) works with state health agencies, territories, tribes and tribal organizations, and other key organizations to develop, implement, and promote effective cancer prevention and control practices. Through its national public health campaigns, DCPC educates Americans about the symptoms of cancer and how to reduce your risk. Through NPCR, CDC supports central cancer registries in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Pacific Island Jurisdictions, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These data represent 97% of the U.S. population. Together, the NPCR and the NCI SEER program collect 100% of cancers diagnosed in the country. These data are put together every year as the United States Cancer Statistics (USCS). External link

Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER) External link
The SEER Program provides information on cancer statistics in an effort to reduce the cancer burden among the U.S. population. SEER is supported by the Surveillance Research Program External link in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences External link. The SEER Program is an authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States. SEER currently collects and publishes cancer incidence and survival data from population-based cancer registries covering approximately 34.6 percent of the U.S. population.

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) External link
The UICC is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity buildingand advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.