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Cancer Registry

The District of Columbia Cancer Registry (DCCR) collects, maintains and reports cancer incidence on all cancers diagnosed and/or treated in the District. DCCR publishes annual reports on the incidence and mortality of cancer in the District by tracking all types of malignant cancers and certain types of benign tumors.

DCCR gathers its data from acute care hospitals, labs and other reporting agencies mandated under the existing law (Rule: 22-B215). The DC Department of Health (DOH) is also part of a reciprocal exchange agreement with neighboring states to help capture all occurrences of cancer among District residents.

The District’s cancer data is subjected to stringent protocols of completeness, accuracy and timeliness, making it one of the most successful surveillance programs at DOH. Academic medical centers, researchers, public health and advocacy agencies, and interested lay persons rely heavily on the reports generated by DCCR. The data is closely reviewed by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) and the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR).

DCCR Core Functions

  • Compile all malignant cancer diagnoses among District residents no matter where they receive health care.
  • Perform comprehensive studies to understand what causes cancer in the District.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of control and prevention initiatives to reduce the high rates of cancer mortality among District residents by placing a focus on treatable or preventable cancers such as breast, cervical, lung, prostate and colorectal malignancy.

DCCR Goals

  • To produce a complete, accurate and timely cancer database of District residents.
  • To ensure that the completeness, accuracy and timeliness of data gathered by the DC Cancer Registry meets national standards.
  • To receive reporting from all federal and non-federal health care providers operating in the District of Columbia, its neighboring states and out-of-state registries on cancer information for District residents regardless of where they are diagnosed and/or treated.
  • To monitor the levels and trends in cancer incidence and mortality among District residents.
  • To analyze and distribute the DCCR findings to the community, researchers, intervention strategists and policymakers in the District of Columbia.
  • To circulate published reports among individuals and organizations at the local and national levels.

Cancer Resources:


Service Contact: 
Alicia Vargas
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 724-7703
Contact Fax: 
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Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE