One of the functions of the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System (WCRS) is to provide data for research related to cancer prevention or control. Protecting patient confidentiality is of the utmost importance to WCRS and is required by Wis. Stat § 255.04. Data containing personal identifiers or information on very small geographic areas can only be released for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research with approval from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Data Governance Board.
All researchers interested in requesting individual level data should thoroughly review the Cancer Research Application Manual, P-00625, before proceeding with their application. In addition to other materials as stated in the manual, the following documents and forms are required to be submitted for an application to be considered for review: