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Alaska Cancer Registry

Alaska Cancer Registry 

The Alaska Cancer Registry (ACR) is a population-based cancer surveillance system and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ACR collects data on all newly diagnosed cases of cancer (including benign brain) for the State of Alaska. The registry operates under several statutes and regulations required for compliance with the Cancer Registries Amendment Act, Public Law 102-515: Alaska Administrative Code 7 AAC 27.011 - Reporting of cancer and brain tumors, and Alaska Statutes Sec. 18.05.042 - Access to health care records.

Purpose of the Registry

ACR collects a wide variety of information to determine cancer incidence, mortality, treatment and survival. The data are used to:

  • determine the incidence of cancer in Alaska with respect to geographic and demographic characteristics

  • monitor trends over time

  • monitor early detection, evaluate the effectiveness of cancer control programs and identify areas in need of public health interventions

  • determine how Alaska compares with the rest of the Nation

  • provide a database and serve as a resource for health planners, medical professionals, researchers and others concerned about cancer

NPCR Registry of Distinction 

For the last 9 years, ACR has received the Registry of Distinction certification from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries. The certification is based on an annual review of data quality, completeness, and timeliness. In 2018, ACR received this certification for cancer data collected for the diagnosis year 2015.


U.S. Cancer Statistics Registry for Surveillance Certification 

For the last 9 years, ACR has been designated a U.S. Cancer Statistics (USCS) Registry for Surveillance by CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries.​ This recognition is based on ACR’s certification as a Registry of Distinction, and qualifies ACR’s ​​data for inclusion in the USCS national database. USCS data are used to inform and evaluate prevention efforts, cancer burden, and disparities on a national level. More information about USCS can be found on this website:​ https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/uscs/


For 18 of the last 19 years, ACR has received the highest NAACCR Gold Certificationlevel of certification available (Gold Standard) from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). The certification is based on an annual review of data quality, completeness, and timeliness. In 2018, ACR received the Gold Standard for cancer data collected for the diagnosis year 2015.

Registry Conference Posters/Presentations



Registry Education/Training Resources

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NAACCR Cancer Webinar materials

Each year ACR purchases the NAACCR Cancer Registry and Surveillance Webinar Series and makes it available to all registrars in the State of Alaska or as a contractor for a hospital in the State of Alaska. These Webinars can be viewed in one of two ways: live on the 1st Thursday of each month from 10am to 1pm through Go To Meeting, or by contacting ACR and watching the recorded webinar one to two weeks after the live webinar takes place by contacting ACR at cancer@alaska.gov. Notification of the webinars is performed through the CTR listserv.

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Links for Health care Providers

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Data and Statistics

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Cancer Reporting Information and Forms

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For questions or more information e-mail cancer@alaska.gov

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