Florida Cancer Data System Receives Gold Certification

The Florida Cancer Data System, Florida’s legislatively mandated, statewide, population-based cancer registry, has received the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries’ highest certification for the 13th consecutive year. Gold certification is awarded to central registries who meet the highest levels of completeness, data quality and timeliness in cancer abstract reporting.

“This does not happen by accident,” said Gary Levin, Deputy Project Director of the Florida Cancer Data System at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine. “This is a team effort that includes the Florida Cancer Data System, Department of Health and all of our reporters around the state. Thank you to all those involved for your hard work and dedication to what we do. Our efforts have made Florida one of the top registries in the country.”

In 1978, the Florida Department of Health contracted with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to design and implement the registry. The Florida Cancer Data System began operation with a pilot project for cancer registration in 1979 and commenced statewide collection of cancer incidence data from all Florida hospitals in 1981. The registry now collects incidence data from hospitals, freestanding ambulatory surgical centers, radiation therapy facilities, pathology laboratories, and dermatology and physician offices.

“We collect cancer abstracts statewide and ensure they are fully reported, timely and of the highest quality,” Levin said. “The data is used by researchers throughout the state, nationally and internationally, as well as used by state legislatures and cancer control programs for planning and the reduction of cancer burden on the people of Florida.”

This project is funded by the Florida Department of Health, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and, since 1994, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Program of Cancer Registries.

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