Florida Cancer Data System at Sylvester Recognized as Registry of Distinction

The Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) – a joint project of the Florida Department of Health and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – has once again been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) as a “2014 Registry of Distinction” and a “U.S. Cancer Statistics Registry for Surveillance.” The two awards indicate that the FCDS has met or exceeded all of the data completeness, timeliness and quality standards as set forth in the NPCR Program Standards, 2012-2017.

This is the second year that the CDC has recognized outstanding state cancer registries with these awards, and it is the second consecutive year that the FCDS has been recognized with both. The recognitions place the Florida Cancer Data System in the highest category, which includes other state registries, and indicate that FCDS’ cumulative state data can and will be used in the “United States Cancer Statistics Report” and the “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.”

The “United States Cancer Statistics Report” is produced annually by the CDC. It is used as the primary source for U.S. cancer statistics and presents national cancer prevention and control activities, research and cancer trends. It is used in nationwide epidemiologic research that requires the highest quality data captured from local, state and national levels.

These CDC designations follow the FCDS receiving a North American Association of Cancer Registries (NAACCR) award, placing the Florida Cancer Data System in the category of NAACCR Gold Certification for the 13th consecutive year. Gold certification allows the FCDS cumulative data from 1981-2015 to be included in the “Cancer in North America” publication.

Gary Levin, Deputy Project Director of the Florida Cancer Data System at Sylvester, said, “Both the CDC and NAACCR awards are significant and represent continued achievement in cancer reporting across the state of Florida.”

FCDS is funded by the Florida Department of Health, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and, since 1995, the CDC National Program of Cancer Registries. For more information about the Florida Cancer Data System, visit

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