Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System

This site provides information about the Wisconsin population-based cancer registry, the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System (WCRS).  This site also provides direct access to information about cancer incidence and mortality in Wisconsin. The WCRS contributes to:

  • The understanding of cancer incidence and mortality in Wisconsin,
  • The development of prevention and treatment programs, and
  • The ultimate goal of reducing cancer mortality.

Wisconsin Meets the Highest National Data Quality for Cancer Registry

2014 Gold Certification

The Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System has been recognized by U.S. CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) as a Registry of Excellence for 2016. This official designation was awarded on May 31st.

Wisconsin is one of  only 19 states to achieve this designation, which reflects the submission of high quality data for cancer prevention and control activities. The data met all of NPCR's standards for data completeness and quality. In meeting the CDC NPCR  standards, it will allow Wisconsin’s data to be included in this year’s United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) report and other analytic data sets.

In addition, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries has recognized the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System for meeting its Gold Standard for 2014 incidence data. Cancer registries that meet the Gold Standard for Registry Certification have achieved the highest NAACCR standard for complete, accurate, and timely data to calculate standard incidence statistics for the year reviewed.

Governor's Proclamation Highlights National Cancer Registrars Week, April 10-14!

Cancer Registrars Week Proclamation

Quality cancer data is central to the nation’s fight against cancer, and cancer registrars are the first link in identifying that data.  National Cancer Registrars Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the critical role registrars play in capturing the data that informs cancer research, prevention and treatment programs.  

Cancer registrars are healthcare professionals that collect, analyze, manage and report cancer data. Details on diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship are collected for every cancer patient in the United States. They work at hospitals, medical facilities and central registries and the information collected is reported, by law, to state public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute. Many cancer registrars are also Certified Tumor Registrars or CTRs. The CTR is the credential that signifies professional excellence in the cancer registry field.

With this proclamation, the Governor and the Department of Health Services wish to acknowledge and thank the many cancer registrars and Certified Tumor Registrars in Wisconsin for their commitment to reducing the burden of cancer among Wisconsin residents.

New Certified Tumor Registrar Education Program

WCRS is pleased to announce the Cancer Information Management education program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, which provides specialized training for Certified Tumor Registrar certification. Please visit the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College website for details about the new Cancer Information Management program.

WCRS Site Contents

WCRS acknowledges the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its support of this website under CDC Cooperative Agreement U58/DP000829. Its contents are solely the responsibility of WCRS and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

Last Revised: July 19, 2017