The SCCCR is a population-based data system that collects cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) in South Carolina.
Data in a central cancer registry are used to study trends in how often cancers occur in a defined area, changes in diagnosis and treatment patterns, and patients' survival rates. DHEC also collects and publishes information on cancer mortality (deaths).
You can query cancer incidence and mortality data using the South Carolina Community Assessment Network (SCAN) and you can also find information in our publications.
We contribute South Carolina cancer incidence data for the official statistics publication for the nation, United States Cancer Statistics. We also work to address community cancer concerns through community cancer assessment investigations. (For more information, see Cancer Clusters.)
S.C. Central Cancer Registry
S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone: 1-800-817-4774 or (803) 898-8000
Fax: (803) 898-0993
A central cancer registry is a data system that collects, stores, analyzes, and interprets cancer data from a defined geographical area. The basic information comes from patients' medical records. All names and data that could identify a patient are kept confidential.
For every cancer case, the registry includes:
The majority of cases are reported electronically from hospitals with existing cancer registries. The remaining information comes from non-registry hospitals (hospitals without cancer registries), independent pathology laboratories, freestanding treatment centers, and physician offices. Information from non-registry hospitals, independent pathology labs, and freestanding treatment centers is collected by SCCCR staff. Physician offices are asked to report information only on their cancer cases not referred to a hospital setting.
Yes. The SCCCR has case sharing agreements with 20 states, including all the bordering states. Therefore, if a SC resident is diagnosed or treated in one of these 20 states, the information about that patient is reported to the SCCCR.
All cancers diagnosed on or after January 1, 1996 among SC residents.
Yes. All cancer registry data goes through a stringent quality control process. Currently the SCCCR performs visual review as well as a series of computerized data edits. The SCCCR also conducts quality control audits of its data, including case-finding, coding reliability, and reabstracting audits.
In addition, the SCCCR participates in CDC national data quality audits. The audits assess the level of data quality and case completeness of cancer reporting in the SCCCR. The SCCCR has met the national quality standards for all audits conducted.
Data from the SCCCR are submitted to the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) for an evaluation of completeness, accuracy, and timeliness each year since a formal certification process was established in 1997. The SCCCR consistently receives NAACCR certification. The SCCCR has achieved Gold or Silver certification for each year since 1997. SCCCR data are included in the national publication for United States Cancer Statistics (USCS), now covering 98% of the US population.
If you have any questions or comments about the information on this page please contact: Susan Bolick