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Friday, June 10, 2011
Betsy Kohler, MPH, CTR
Executive Director
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Policy and science converge for cancer control interventions - 6/10/2011

Louisville, KY – On the heels of the publication of the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer which reported a first-time decline in lung cancer deaths in women, cancer surveillance and control experts will gather for their annual scientific conference.

Over 375 cancer registrars, epidemiologists, statisticians, IT specialists, medical demographers, physicians, and other health care providers will attend the annual North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, Inc. (NAACCR) conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center, June 18-24, 2011.It is titled, “Cancer Surveillance: Keeping Pace with Policy, Science, and Technology.”

The goals of this conference are to explore how public health policy, advances in medical science, and health information technology have an impact on cancer surveillance; and how cancer surveillance activities inform public policy and contribute to advances in the science of cancer care and cancer control.

“Cancer surveillance is the science behind the cancer statistics used by researchers, policy makers, and public health officials to monitor our progress against cancer,” said Betsy Kohler, executive director of NAACCR. “NAACCR ensures that cancer registries across North America use the same standards to guarantee cancer information is consistent, reliable and comparable.Cancer surveillance data are used to monitor upward and downward trends in cancer incidence and mortality and to evaluate cancer control initiatives, such as population prevention and screening activities,” she said.

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 use science and technology in new and innovative ways.

Featured speakers include Dr. Marcus Plescia, Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at CDC, Michel Coleman, Professor of Epidemiology and Vital Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Heather Logan, formerly of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Established in 1987, 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 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).