Cancer Data

What is the Washington State Cancer Registry?

As part of a national system, the Washington State Cancer Registry (WSCR) collects data about cancer diagnosis, treatment, and death in Washington State. The data are used to identify better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, and to plan programs and policies.

Washington State law RCW.70.54.230 requires the Department of Health to establish and maintain a cancer registry program.

Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 246-102 establishes the rules for reporting cancer cases to the Department of Health.

Cancer reporting requirements provide additional information on data collection and submission.

The National Cancer Institute and the National Program of Cancer Registries at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide funding. The Cancer Surveillance System at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center helps the state registry gather cancer case information.

Cancer Data Reports

Washington State Cancer Registry data are available for use by researchers, policymakers, community members, and students.

  • WSCR Data Online–Prepare your own custom reports by cancer site, gender, race, ethnicity, and location (county or state).
  • Data Reports–Simple reports that compare state and national rates and show changes over time.

Data Requests

We can help you find the data you need from the Registry. To make a data request, provide your name and organization, date of request, desired receipt date, and a detailed description of the requested data. Please include your telephone number so that we can clarify your request if necessary. The request should be sent to Mahesh Keitheri Cheteri, Ph.D. at 360-236-3669 or by mail:

Washington State Cancer Registry
Attn: Mahesh Keitheri Cheteri, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 47855
Olympia, WA 98504-7855

Patient Privacy and Confidentiality

We work hard to protect patient privacy. We collect, store, and share cancer data according to state and federal laws. The state Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all requests from medical researchers to ensure the protection of privacy rights.