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Monday, November 1, 2010
Betsy Kohler, MPH, CTR
Executive Director
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Recognizing Innovation and Dedication in Cancer Control, North American Association of Central Cancer Registries Presents Awards - 11/1/2010

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 workgroups.

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 collection.

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 United States and Canada are members.