The Rhode Island Cancer Registry was established by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1985. It began collecting reports of newly diagnosed cancers on October 1, 1986 It is run collaboratively by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Hospital Association of Rhode Island more
To track the incidence and mortalities associate with cancer in Rhode Island.
The Registry produces official cancer statistics for the State, including an annual report which is posted on this website, and also supplies cancer data to researchers (using strict guidelines for protecting patient confidentiality).
The Rhode Island Cancer Registry is a member of North American Association of Central Cancer Registries that applies naming and quality standards to cancer data. The organization also provides online access to cancer rates for the United State and Canada and all member registries.
The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results System (SEER) of the National Cancer Institute also publishes cancer rates for the United States. SEER's national rates are aggregated from states and metropolitan areas in the SEER registry system. Taken as a whole, SEER states and metropolitan areas cover about ten percent of the United States population.
Registry staff provide support to hospital tumor registries and promote cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons in acute care hospitals throughout the State.
The Registry is funded by the State and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.