Rapid reporting of cancer incidence in a population-based study of breast cancer: one constructive use of a central cancer registry

Breast Cancer Res Treat. 1995 Jul;35(1):61-4. doi: 10.1007/BF00694746.


To support a study of genetic risk factors for breast cancer, the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry has implemented a rapid reporting procedure for hospitals in the study area. This system permits the identification of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases within a very short time period (less than one month). The procedures are straightforward, cost-effective, and greatly benefit the objectives of tissue collection and interviews with the cases. This article describes the rapid reporting procedures and their potential impact for population-based research. For the objective of making generalizable risk statements, the necessity of population-based research is stressed; participation with central cancer registries is endorsed for this and other molecular epidemiologic applications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Medical Records
  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • North Carolina / epidemiology
  • Population Surveillance
  • Registries*
  • Risk Factors
  • Statistics as Topic