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South Dakota Cancer Registry


The South Dakota Cancer Registry (SDCR) is a statewide population-based cancer registry. It collects data on cancer incidence and reports on cancer incidence and mortality. It began in 1992 as a limited cancer data collection system that monitored cancer incidence through pathology reports and reports from hospital tumor registries approved by the American College of Surgeons. In 2005 a law passed requiring reporting by all entities detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer cases in South Dakota.

In 2001, the SDCR became part of the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) which supports central registries in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Puerto Rico, the Republic of Palau, and the Virgin Islands. It is notable that the NPCR registries collect information on cancer cases accounting for up to 98% of the U.S. population.

The NPCR is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which provides funding for states to implement statewide population-based registries and to enhance existing registries to meet national standards for completeness, timeliness and data quality. The SDCR meets this standard which allows the inclusion of high-quality South Dakota cancer data in national statistics. To view, please see for the United States Cancer Statistics publication and CDC Wonder, an online query system.

The SDCR voluntarily participates as a member of North American Association of Central Registries (NAACCR).  The SDCR also meets NAACCR’s national standard which allows for cancer data inclusion in Cancer in North America (CINA) publications.




The South Dakota Cancer Registry is reflected in the Office of Health Promotion 2020 Strategic Map - the vision is that all South Dakotans will enjoy healthy lives free from the devastation of chronic diseases.