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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 560-565

Quality assessment and improvement of cancer registration system in Kamrup Urban District: A report

1 Computer Programmer, Population Based Cancer Registry, Guwahati, Assam, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Pathology and Principal Investigator, Population Based Cancer Registry, Guwahati, Assam, India
3 Director, Dr. B.Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, Assam, India
4 Medical Research Officer, Population Based Cancer Registry, Guwahati, Assam, India
5 Social Investigator, Population Based Cancer Registry, Guwahati, Assam, India
6 Statistician, Population Based Cancer Registry, Guwahati, Assam, India

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Mr. Manoj Kalita
Statistician, Population Based Cancer Registry, Guwahati, Assam
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_372_17

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INTRODUCTION: The global burden of cancer incidence and mortality are rising continuously worldwide. As per the GLOBOCAN 2012 estimates, about 14.1 million cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer deaths occurred and 32.6 million people living with cancer (within 5 years of diagnosis) in 2012 worldwide. Reliable data on the magnitude and the pattern of cancer are essential for monitoring the health of the community, assessing the performance of the health care system. Cancer registries should pay great attention to quality of their data. The completeness of cancer registry data- the extent to which all of the incident cancers occurring in the population are included in the registry database- is an extremely important attribute of a cancer registry. There are mainly four aspects influencing the quality of data namely, comparability, completeness, validity and timeliness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data regarding incidence and mortality with methods of diagnosis for individual years were obtained from the National Cancer Registry Program database of the Indian Council of Medical Research for 2009 to 2014 periods and recalculated for combined years (2009-2014). RESULTS: In males in 2009-11, 77.1% were microscopically confirmed cases which are improved in the later years and for the year 2012-2014, it is 81.4%. In females also the percentage of microscopically confirmed cases were increased from 80.2% to 82.9%. An improvement in mortality to incidence ratio was observed over the years. MI ratio in males was improved to 32.9%. for the year 2012-14 as compared to 28.6% for the year 2009-11 while in female MI ratio is also increased from 18.8% to 21.8% over the period from 2009-11 to 2012-14. Whereas DCO was decreased from 12% to 10.7% in males and 7.3% to 6.6% in females respectively from the period 2009-11 to 2012-14. CONCLUSION: Although there is a slight improvement in data quality till date, there is an enormous scope for population based cancer registry Guwahati to improve the data quality.


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