For Immediate Release
July 3, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas Cancer Registry Receives Gold Standard Certification

The Kansas Cancer Registry, operated through the Kansas University Medical Center Research Institute under a contract with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), has received the Gold Standard Certification award from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR).

NAACCR has established gold and silver-standard criteria to recognize population-based cancer registries that achieve excellence in the following areas: completeness of information, data accuracy and timeliness of data submissions.

“The Kansas Cancer Registry is to be commended for their excellent work,” said KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby. “Thanks to the efforts of the Registry, Kansans are informed about the incidence of cancer in the state and can be assured that the data collected is complete, accurate and confidential.”

The Kansas Cancer Registry, which began cancer data collection efforts more than 25 years ago, supports cancer control by targeting, monitoring and evaluating the incidence and mortality of cancers. These efforts assist the state’s Cancer Control and Prevention Program, as well as university and local efforts, to promote the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. As a statewide population-based registry, the Registry provides the data for research and program evaluation related to cancer-control activities in the state and assists in the review of alleged cancer cluster events.

NAACCR is a professional organization representing central cancer registries that develops and promotes uniform data standards for cancer registration; provides education and training; certifies population-based registries; aggregates and publishes data from central cancer registries; and promotes the use of cancer surveillance data and systems for cancer control and epidemiologic research, public health programs and patient care to reduce the burden of cancer in North America.

Information related to cancer diagnosis and mortality can be found at the Kansas Cancer Registry’s website at