Public Health Data Inventory

Cancer Registry Data


The purpose of the registry is to gather data that describe how many Nebraska residents are diagnosed with cancer, what types of cancer they have, what type of treatment they receive, and the time and quality of survival after diagnosis. These data are put to a variety of uses both inside and outside of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Within the agency, they monitor records closely from year to year to determine trends that are developing, and to see how Nebraska’s cancer experience compares to the rest of the nation. The registry is indispensable for investigating reports of possible cancer clusters.

DHHS also uses these data to help plan and evaluate cancer control programs within the agency. Outside of DHHS, the registry has furnished information to many individuals, institutions, and organizations, such as the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society (ACS), and CDC.

Type of Data

The data are population-based for ongoing surveillance which includes personal identifiers.

Data Collection Method and Availability

Cancer registry data is collected monthly from hospitals, clinics, and physicians into the database. It is required. Cases are updated to cancer registry and the information will be collected and sent to the State of Nebraska every year. The data have been collected annually since 1987.

Related Links and Reports

Nebraska Cancer Registry Home Page

Cancer Report Page

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-7753

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