The Kansas Cancer Registry (KCR) has served as the only statewide population-based cancer registry in Kansas since 1995. KCR operates under the Cancer Registries Amendment Act, Public Law 102-515 and Kansas Statute 65-1, Sections 168-174. The Kansas Statute requires all cancers to be reported to KCR by all Kansas licensed health care institutions/providers and physicians.

Since 1994, Sue-Min Lai, Ph.D., MS, MBA has successfully secured federal funding for KCR operations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). Under Dr. Lai’s direction, the Kansas Cancer Registry has achieved a series of milestones and accomplishments. Highlights include:

  • Kansas Law requiring cancer reporting (K.S.A. 65-1, Sections 168-174) and associated regulations (K.A.R. 28-70-1 to 28-70-3) have been enacted and implemented since 1997. These rules and regulations have detailed information on when, how, and what information each type of health care provider should report to KCR.

  • KCR data have been evaluated and certified annually by NPCR and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR).

  • Cancer statistics for Kansas have been made available to national public health agencies and are available in reports and a query system on the KCR website.

  • Registry data have been used for research, community needs assessment, and comprehensive cancer prevention and control efforts at the national, state, and local levels.