Every year, thousands of Oregonians are diagnosed with cancer. The Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR) was established in August 1995, after the Oregon Legislature unanimously passed legislation making cancer a reportable disease.
OSCaR is a statewide, population-based registry that collects and analyzes information about cancer cases occurring in Oregon. The ability to identify who is diagnosed statewide is important in the development of ways to prevent and control cancer.
Revised Administrative Rules
The Oregon State Cancer Registry has completed the process for amending the administrative rules in chapter 333, division 10 related to cancer diagnosis reporting to the Cancer Registry. The amendments update the rules to reflect amendments to the Oregon Cancer Registry Statute under ORS 432.500 – 432.900, and amend the cancer reporting regulations to:
a) require submission of pathology reports by clinical laboratories for diagnoses of certain pre-cancerous conditions;
b) modify patient notification procedures; and
c) expand the provisions for special studies to include the potential procurement of pathological tissue samples in connection with public health investigations.
Read the final text of the revised administrative rules.
Data and Publications
Cancer in Oregon
Data from the Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR) provide an overall picture of how cancer is affecting Oregonians. Data are produced in annual reports (Cancer in Oregon) which contain general, descriptive epidemiologic data on cancer in Oregon.
OSCaR Gets the Gold
Cancer registries that meet the "Gold Standard" for registry certification have achieved the highest NAACCR standard for complete, accurate, and timely data. OSCaR has received gold certificates for every year except one (Silver) since 1996.
Using Cancer Data
Using data for cancer prevention and control is a fundamental purpose of the Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR). Information about OSCaR's research procedures and some examples of research projects are provided in the links below:
The purpose in investigating a cancer cluster is to evaluate the plausibility of an environmental, occupational, iatrogenic, or other preventable exposure associated with an increased risk of cancer. Learn more from the links below.