Nebraska Cancer Registry
Latest Nebraska Cancer Data


The latest data from the Nebraska Cancer Registry show that over 9,500 invasive cancers were diagnosed among Nebraska residents during 2014. Cancer was also Nebraska's leading cause of death in 2014, ranking ahead of heart disease for the sixth consecutive year, and accounting for over 3,400 deaths among Nebraska residents.

According to the data collected by the registry in 2014, the 10 most frequently diagnosed invasive cancers in Nebraska were:

  • Female breast (1,373 diagnoses)
  • Lung & bronchus (1,226 diagnoses) 
  • Prostate (1,106 diagnoses)
  • Colon & rectum (917 diagnoses)
  • Melanoma of the skin (486 diagnoses)
  • Urinary bladder (425 diagnoses)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (396 diagnoses)
  • Kidney & renal pelvis (372 diagnoses)
  • Leukemia (307 diagnoses)
  • Endometrium (299 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 gather data that describe how many Nebraska residents are diagnosed with cancer, what types of cancer they have, how far the disease has spread at the time of diagnosis, what types of treatment they receive, and how long they survive after diagnosis. The Department of Health and Human Services uses these data to identify high-risk populations and monitor long-term disease trends, and also provides data upon request for research studies and public information.  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 19 consecutive years (1995-2013). The registry is supported with funds from the state’s cigarette tax and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Much more of the latest data gathered by the Nebraska Cancer Registry are available in the reports Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Nebraska: 2015.  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 fillable, Instructions For Request For Data, Research Data Request, and the Confidentiality Agreement.



 Cancer Fact Sheets - 2017

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



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The Nebraska Cancer Registry is supported by Cooperative Agreement Grant Number 5NU58DP003928 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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