A cancer registry collects detailed data about cancer patients and the treatments they receive, and store that data in a computerized database. This information then can be used at a later date to answer questions like:
- Are incidences of certain cancers rising or falling?
- Are certain groups predisposed to certain types of cancer?
- Are there areas of the state that are underserved and would benefit from increased cancer screenings?
- Are there parts of the state that have a higher incidence of cancer and why?
All malignant cancers must be reported to the Wyoming Cancer Registry. All cases diagnosed and/or treated for cancer in a Wyoming medical facility on or after January 1, 1996 must be reported. Benign brain and Central Nervous System cases diagnosed on or after January 1, 2004 must also be reported.
The Wyoming Cancer Registry collects patient demographic information and information pertaining to the cancer such as where it is, what kind of cancer, how far has it spread, and what treatment was received.
Physicians and other health care providers are required by Wyoming (statute 35-1-240[b] and public law 102-515) to report all cancer cases to the Wyoming Cancer Surveillance Program.
The registry ensures compliance with Wyoming Statute 35-1-240[b] and Public Law 102-515, information accumulated and maintained in the Wyoming Cancer Surveillance Program (WCSP) shall not be divulged except as statistical information which does not identify individuals and for purposes of such research as approved by the Wyoming State Board of Health. All information reported to the Department of Health shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed under any circumstances except (1) to other state cancer registries with which the Department of Health has agreements that insure confidentiality; (2) to other state health officials who are obligated to keep such information confidential; and (3) to approved cancer research centers under specific conditions where names and identities of the individuals are appropriately protected, and when such research is conducted for the purpose of cancer prevention, control and treatment.
WCSP staff is required to sign confidentiality agreements and follow confidentiality procedures.