The BC Cancer Registry contributes data to monitor cancer incidence and mortality in British Columbia (see Facts and Figures), Canada (see Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014), North America (The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries), and the world (International Agency for Research on Cancer).
In British Columbia, BC Cancer Registry statistics are used to monitor trends and regional differences in cancer incidence and mortality, to project the numbers of new cancer cases for planning of cancer treatment facilities and regional cancer care, to assess future workload demands, to evaluate access to care, to determine the success of treatment, and to measure the effectiveness of provincial screening programs.
Use of the Cancer Registry for research is authorized by the Health Act. Access to registry information for research is allowed only with approval by an accredited review board, only with BC Cancer Agency oversight, and only under conditions of use that comply with FOIPPA.
Researchers wishing to access the registry for research should email Cancer Surveillance & Outcomes in Population Oncology at firstname.lastname@example.org for application forms and information on conditions of use.
In British Columbia, BC Cancer Registry data have been used for many studies of risks of cancer, including environmental risks, occupational risks, and genetic susceptibility. In the past ten years, studies of childhood leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and occupational cancer risks have been undertaken in BC using the registry.
BC Cancer Registry data have also been used for national and international studies of risks of cancer.