CONTACT: DAN MCMILLAN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6835; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Aug. 13, 1999
State Health Registry of Iowa recognized for excellence
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two recent honors for excellence
have distinguished the State Health Registry of Iowa -- based at the University
of Iowa -- as one of the premier cancer registries in the United States and
The registry, directed by Charles Lynch, M.D., Ph.D.,
professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, earned a Gold
Standard award from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
in recognition of its quality, completeness and timeliness of data.
The second accolade, in a report from the National
Cancer Institute's (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)
program, identified the Iowa registry as having the best overall quality score
among all SEER participants. The State Health Registry of Iowa is one of 10
registries nationwide reporting data to the NCI.
"Taken together, these awards indicate that of all
central cancer registries in the nation, the Iowa registry is the best," observed
James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the UI College of Public Health.
Since 1973 the State Health Registry of Iowa has worked
collaboratively with the Iowa Department of Public Health to collect medical
data on every Iowan diagnosed with cancer. In addition to monitoring new cancer
cases, the registry also compiles cancer survival and mortality data on all
Iowans. Cancer is a reportable disease under the Iowa Code.
Other components of the registry's mission include
promoting and conducting cancer prevention and control studies, responding
to requests for population-based cancer data, and providing data and expertise
for research and educational needs.
In 1999 the registry estimates there will be 13,800
new cancer cases among Iowans. Each year, the registry summarizes these data
in a report to the public called "Cancer in Iowa."
The State Health Registry of Iowa is funded by the NCI
and the state of Iowa.