State achieves gold standard for
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Designation ensures millions in research
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SPRINGFIELD -- For the sixth
consecutive year, the Illinois Department of Public Health's cancer
registry has met the highest standards of data quality and achieved
a "gold standard" that ensures Illinois researchers remain eligible
for millions of dollars worth of cancer research funds, Gov. Rod
Blagojevich announced July 22.
"Illinois researchers are contributing
to the extraordinary progress being made in the area of cancer
research, and this designation will allow that work to continue
unabated," Blagojevich said. "My congratulations to the staff at the
Illinois State Cancer Registry for their continued excellence in
documenting cancer incidence in our state."
The state's designation by the North
American Association of Central Cancer Registries means that the
Department of Public Health, which operates the state's cancer
registry, will continue to receive nearly $1.5 million in federal
funds for comprehensive cancer control and data collection. In
addition, without the gold standard, universities, academic centers,
hospitals, nonprofit organizations and other state agencies would
have lost the ability to compete for federal grants for statewide
cancer research, cancer control and prevention.
"The designation underscores that the
state's cancer data is of the highest quality and is a testament to
the exemplary efforts of hospitals, physicians and others who
provide the information to the state and the department's
researchers who ensure its completeness and accuracy," Dr. Whitaker
said. "By maintaining the gold standard, Illinois cancer research
can go on, and information related to cancer incidence of our
citizens will be included as discussions are held to set national
policies on cancer research and treatment."
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This year, 60 population-based
registries from throughout the nation submitted cancer data for
evaluation and 35 received the gold standard. The annual review
analyzes the registriesí ability to produce complete, accurate and
timely cancer data within 24 months of diagnosis.
Funding for Illinois' cancer registry,
which collects about 62,000 newly diagnosed cancer cases a year, was
first awarded to the state in 1994 by the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. The North American Association of Central
Cancer Registries was chosen by CDC to develop measurable standards
to ensure that cancer data is collected in the same format and that
the quality of the data is equal throughout the country.
The National Cancer Institute, which
coordinates national research programs on cancer causes, prevention,
detection, diagnosis and treatment, awards cancer research grants
only to those who use data from a gold standard registry.
examples of Illinois research projects made possible by the
registry's certification include $7.3 million to the University of
Illinois at Chicago for a five-year study of the quality of cancer
care and disparities and $750,000 to the Department of Public Health
for participation in an international comparison of survival for
individuals with breast, colorectal or prostate cancer.
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