National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)

NPCR registries cover 97% of the U.S. population. In November 2017, CDC received information on more than 28.5 million invasive cancer cases diagnosed from January 1, 1995 through December 31, 2015. More than 1 million new invasive cancer cases are added each year.

Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program

The National Cancer Institute’s SEER Program collects and publishes data on cancer incidence and survival from 15 population-based cancer registries and 3 supplemental registries covering approximately 30% of the U.S. population.

National Vital Statistics System (NVSS)

The nation’s vital statistics are available from NVSS, which is maintained by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. These vital statistics are provided through state-operated registration systems and are based on vital records filed in state vital statistics offices.


Those crucial to the success of cancer registration and cancer surveillance in the United States include the American Cancer Society,External the American College of Surgeons,External the American Joint Committee on Cancer,External the National Cancer Registrars Association,External and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.External