Nebraska Cancer Registry
Latest Nebraska Cancer Data


The latest data from the Nebraska Cancer Registry show that almost 9,000 invasive cancers were diagnosed among Nebraska residents during 2012, ranking ahead of heart disease for the fourth consecutive year, and accounting for over 3,400 deaths among Nebraska residents.

According to the data collected by the registry in 2012, the 10 most frequently diagnosed cancers in Nebraska were:

  • Female breast (1,275 diagnoses)
  • Lung & bronchus (1,232 diagnoses) 
  • Prostate (1,068 diagnoses)
  • Colon & rectum (885 diagnoses)
  • Urinary bladder (406 diagnoses)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (386 diagnoses)
  • Melanoma of the skin (356 diagnoses)
  • Kidney & renal pelvis (309 diagnoses)
  • Endometrium (288 diagnoses)
  • Pancreas (271 diagnoses)

The Nebraska Cancer Registry was created by the Nebraska Unicameral in 1986 and began collecting data in 1987.  The purpose of the registry is to document new cases of cancer among Nebraska residents, analyze geographic patterns and long-term trends, and plan and evaluate cancer control programs.  The registry also provides statistical and other information about cancer in Nebraska in response to specific requests.  In recognition of the accuracy and completeness of the data that it has collected, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries has awarded the Nebraska Cancer Registry its gold standard certificate of data quality for 18 consecutive years (1995-2012). The registry is supported with a portion of the state’s cigarette tax and with funds provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Much more of the latest data gathered by the Nebraska Cancer Registry are available in the reportCancer Incidence and Mortality in Nebraska: 2012 .  However, this report does not include all of the data collected by the registry.  To request data that are unavailable in the report, click on NDHHS Data Request form - Aggregate data, Instructions For Request For Data, Research Data Request, and the Confidentiality Agreement.



 Cancer Fact Sheets

Below are a series of short documents that present the most current Nebraska statistics on cancer incidence, mortality, staging, and screening. 


Cancer Maps: Incidence and Mortality Rates by  Nebraska County of Residence

  Other Helpful Links


The Nebraska Cancer Registry is supported by Cooperative Agreement Grant Number U58DP003928 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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