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Each year, more than 13,000 Mississippians are diagnosed with cancer. To meet the increased needs for information resulting from these diagnoses, the Mississippi Legislature, in 1993, provided funding for the Mississippi Department of Health to develop a Cancer Registry. The ensuing central cancer registry was established to serve as the state's comprehensive resource for statewide cancer data. Currently, the Mississippi Cancer Registry is supported through funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mississippi Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Mississippi health professionals are the key source for cancer information. Physicians, hospitals, pathology laboratories, and other healthcare facilities must report current data to the registry regarding a patient's diagnosis. This information is carefully collected and maintained in the registry's confidential database. With accurate knowledge of cancer type, incidence,and treatment, health care providers can better serve Mississippians by: anticipating future treatment and recovery needs, developing programs to detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage of disease and activating prevention programs to reduce the occurrence of the disease. These data may provide the research stimulus to find a cure for cancer.
This project was supported by cooperative agreement U55/CCU424235 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UMMC and the Mississippi Department of Health. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC, UMMC or MDH.
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