Québec City, QC, Canada (AScribe Newswire) - Two women who
have dedicated their careers to improving the field of cancer registration and
public health have been recognized by their peers.
Rosemary Dibble, Director of Operations for the Utah Cancer
Registry and Frances Ross, Director of Registry Operations for the Kentucky
Cancer Registry, have earned the Dr. Calum S. Muir Award and the Constance L.
Percy Award for Distinguished Service respectively. The awards were officially
announced at the annual North American Association of Central Cancer
Registries, Inc. (NAACCR) conference.
Under Ms. Dibble’s leadership, the Utah Cancer Registry has
excelled and consistently ranks as one of the top registries in North America. Ms. Dibble has significantly contributed
to the development of quality statewide and national databases, standardization
of data, and developing certifications for registrars and registries.
She founded the Utah Tumor Registrars Association, served on
the Board of Directors (Utah Division) of the American Cancer Society and the
Utah Triad Executive Committee, as well as chairing and serving on numerous
advisory committees for the Utah Department of Health and various other health
care agencies. She has also been actively involved in engaging the next
generation by teaching registrars nationally and locally, as well as developing
and teaching courses at WeberStateUniversity.
Ms. Ross has shown extraordinary dedication to the
improvement of registry operations for well over a decade.She has been a valuable member of NAACCR
committees including a recent term on the Board of Directors.Extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of
data acquisition and abstracting, Ms. Ross’s efforts to enhance continuing
education opportunities in the field have expanded the knowledge base amongst
registrars and set the bar for excellence higher.
A true pioneer, she co-chaired the original evaluation of
multiple primaries rules and helped organized the first NAACCR Death Clearance
Workshop and has been a driving force regarding Implementation Guidelines
The Dr. Calum S. Muir
Award honors those who have made long-term, substantive contributions in
cancer registration and who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to
NAACCR.The award was created to honor Dr.
Muir who had a significant impact on the cancer registry field. Instrumental in founding the International Association
of Cancer Registries, he was a leader in worldwide cancer registration and a
trailblazer in the effort to develop uniform methods of cancer data
The Constance L.
Percy Award for Distinguished Service recognizes individuals who have contributed
exceptional volunteer service to NAACCR during the past 12 months, or
sustained, current, and long-term contributions to the organization. The award
was created to honor Constance Lebair Percy, a cancer statistics research
pioneer and founding member of the International Association of Cancer
Registries.Ms. Percy made substantial
contributions to public health during her 53-year career as a health
statistician and played an integral role in helping establish the link between
smoking and lung cancer.
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