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Lag Noted in Cancer Reporting

September 25, 2003
by Richard Lake
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada has one of the best cancer registry programs in the country, though the state should reduce the time lag in reporting childhood cancers, according to a report released Wednesday by a national health advocacy group. The nonprofit group, Trust for America's Health, graded the cancer registries in 35 states across the country. Nevada was one of 15 states to receive a B grade. The report noted that the state's cancer registry received a gold rating earlier this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, but it also noted that faster reporting of childhood cancers would help in treatment and research. Karen Power, the Nevada Central Cancer Registry's program manager, said the state has been working to decrease the time lag. "That's in the works right now," she said. The state cancer registry was created in the late 1970s to help officials keep track of cancer for research purposes and to help analyze trends. If, for example, officials noted a high rate of cancer in a certain population, it might help them identify a problem sooner than they otherwise would have. "It's really to help with prevention and intervention," Power said.

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