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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Congratulations to the UAE on starting up their cancer registry again

I saw this in the news: Cancer registry new weapon in war against UAE's third biggest killer

The Ministry of Health is starting up a national cancer registry again, after a previous attempt in 1998 lost national coverage in 2001 (it still exists, just covers a smaller area). A quote from Dr. Anwar Al Hammadi explains why a national registry is so important:

"The ministry, HAAD and the DHA can work together to make this happen," he said. "There are so many forms of specialised treatment, including non-surgical measures.
"A registry would allow us to note the trend, track the patients and treat them accordingly. It's absolutely necessary."
Here in the US, we don't have a national registry. We have a National Program of Cancer Registries, which supports local, state, and territory registries. You can go to their map and click on your state to be able to see cancer incidence data:
Here is the Nebraska page, just for example:
We also have some population-based cancer registries that feed data to SEER: Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results . 
In case you want to know more about becoming a cancer registrar, or wonder what they do in their career:
Other information on cancer registries - let me know if you find other sources:
Australasian Association of Cancer Registries (the association's link was down -I located this page covering information)
CancerMondail (worldwide)
Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
National Cancer Registry Programme (India)
North American Association of Central Cancer Registries

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