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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Betsy Kohler, MPH, CTR
Executive Director
Phone: (217) 698-0800, ext. 2

Harnessing emerging opportunities for cancer control interventions - 10/14/2010

Québec City, QC, Canada (AScribe Newswire) – Cancer is the now the second leading cause of death among North Americans and responsible for one of every four deaths in the United States.

To better understand this rising public health challenge and to prepare for the increasing demand to transform raw data into usable and useful information, over 375 cancer registrars, epidemiologists, statisticians, IT specialists, medical demographers, physicians, and other health care providers are gathering at the 23rd annual North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc. (NAACCR) conference.

“Never before has there been a greater need to produce more timely and diverse surveillance information products,” said Betsy Kohler, NAACCR’s executive director. “The ability to provide relevant information to a broad range of stakeholders – policy makers, policy influencers, the general public - is a demanding responsibility. To address this need, the sharing of resources and knowledge is essential.”

Cancer registries collect, maintain and manage important information on newly diagnosed cancer cases, including information on risk and treatment, to support cancer research studies and track trends in cancer statistics. As the cancer surveillance community looks to the future, the NAACCR conference provides an ideal venue to explore strategic priorities and discover how existing and future cancer surveillance activities can collaborate in new and innovative ways.

Conference highlights include sessions by:

  • Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, Chair of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, a leader in the creation of collaborative platforms in Canada and internationally.
  • Dr. Jon Kerner, Chair of the Primary Prevention Action Group at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, will discuss the theory of knowledge translation, outlining issues such as the involvement of multiple disciplines and their application to cancer surveillance.

Established in 1987, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc. (NAACCR), is a collaborative umbrella organization for cancer registries, governmental agencies, professional organizations, and private groups in North America interested in enhancing the quality and use of cancer registry data. Its goal is to set standards and build consensus for the collection of uniform cancer data across the continent. All state and provincial central cancer registries in the United States and Canada are members.

NAACCR works closely with its sponsoring organizations: American Cancer Society, American College of Surgeons, American Joint Committee on Cancer, Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Cancer Registrars Association, Public Health Agency of Canada, and SNOMED Terminology Solutions (College of American Pathologists).