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Colorado Central Cancer Registry


The Colorado Central Cancer Registry is the statewide cancer surveillance program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The program's goal is to reduce death and illness due to cancer by informing citizens and health professionals through statistics and reports on incidence, treatment and survival, and deaths due to cancer.


The Registry is mandated by Colorado law and a regulation (6CCR1009-3) passed by the Colorado Board of Health. It receives financial support from the Colorado State General Fund and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (National Program of Cancer Registries).  Information is collected from all Colorado hospitals, pathology labs, outpatient clinics, physicians solely responsible for diagnosis and treatment, and state Vital Statistics. Pertinent data is registered on all malignant tumors, except basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. All individual patient, physician, and hospital information is confidential as required by Colorado law.


Colorado Central Cancer Registry data are used to:

  • Educate health professionals and citizens regarding specific cancer risks

  • Answer public questions about cancer statistics

  • Help focus cancer control activities in the state

  • Monitor the occurrence of cancer

  • Aid in research studies

  • Monitor the effectiveness of treatment

  • Help develop health services and screening programs


Registry statistics are used by physicians and other health professionals, hospital administrators and planners, the general public, legislators, government agencies including local and county health departments, epidemiologists, students, researchers, and the news media.


  Cancer Statistics and Reports     


Cancer Statistics Links


Other Related Links

  • National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) - The NCRA promotes research and education in Cancer Registry administration and practice. It establishes standards of education for cancer registrars, disseminates information regarding current activities, research and trends in cancer, aims to improve and standardize cancer registry information and seeks active liaison with professional and governmental organizations which utilize cancer registry data.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) - Includes National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and statistical summaries of cancer burdens by state.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Prevention Services Division

Colorado Central Cancer Registry 

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South


Denver, CO 80246-1530


Phone: 303-692-2540

Email: cdphe.pscaregistry@state.co.us


Cancer Topics


Overview - Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast divide and grow without normal control and form a tumor. These cancer cells can spread to other organs in the body. It is important to detect breast cancer early before it spreads.


Risk Factors -  The causes of breast cancer are not fully known. However, a number of risk factors have been identified that increase one’s chances of getting breast cancer. Some of these risk factors include female gender, age and family history of breast cancer. There are a number of other risk factors that may increase your risk of developing breast cancer. It is important to talk to your health care provider about your personal risk.


Screening - Women 50 and over should be screened with a yearly mammogram. Women under 50 should talk to their health care provider about when to get screened. Some women may need to start their screenings early, especially if they have a family history of breast cancer. It is important to talk to your health care provider about when to start screening for breast cancer. Any women with a breast lump, breast pain, discharge from the nipple or skin changes on their breast should be seen by a health care provider right away.


More Information  on Breast Cancer & Getting Screened


  • Women's Wellness Connection - Provides free breast & cervical cancer screening services to eligible women in Colorado.  Call 1-866-951-WELL for more information.



Overview - The cervix is the opening to a women’s uterus. A woman with cervical cancer has abnormal cells on the cervix that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and and may spread to other parts of the body. Cervical infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) leads to cervical cancer. HPV is transmitted through sexual intercourse and can cause genital warts.


Risk Factors - Cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus. Being infected with the HPV virus can increase your chance of developing cervical cancer. Smoking and having diseases that may affect your immune system such as HIV can also increase the chance that the HPV virus causes cancer on the cervix.


Screening -  It is important to talk to your health care provider about how often and what tests to have when screening for cervical cancer. Pap tests and HPV tests are typical screening tests for cervical cancer. 


More Information on Cervical Cancer & Getting Screened



Overview - Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer can develop when cells that are not normal grow in your colon or rectum. These growths are commonly called polyps. 


Risk Factors - The risk of developing colorecetal cancer increases with age.  Having a family member (parent, sibiling, child) with colorectal cancer also increases a person's risk.  Living a healthy, active lifestyle and maintaining a normal BMI may lower a person's risk of getting colorectal cancer.


Screening - In general, screening begins at age 50, but if there is family history a person may need to be screened sooner.  There are a few different ways to be screened for colorectal cancer (also known as CRC screening).  It is important to talk to your doctor to determine which is the best test for you and what age is right to begin screening.  Common options include:  colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, FOBT, and FIT. 


More Information on Colorectal Cancer & Getting Screened




Infomation on Ovarian Cancer & Getting Screened


Information on Prostate Cancer


Information on Skin Cancer & Getting Screened



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