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Act Now: Protect California’s Cancer Registry

Act Now: Protect the California Regional Cancer Registries

Join PHI and our partners in calling for increased funding to sustain and grow the California Regional Cancer Registries. Their essential cancer data and surveillance work serve as the foundation for innovations and equity in cancer research, treatment, cures and prevention.

Historically, the California Cancer Registry has relied on the majority of its funding from Prop. 99 revenue from the tobacco tax. Over the years, Prop. 99 funding has dwindled due to fewer people who are smoking, and it’s expected to continue decreasing in the coming years. While the decline in smoking is a good health outcome, a decrease in funding without any other sustainable source of funding puts support for the Registry at risk. Community members, researchers, public health departments, hospitals and policymakers depend on up-to-date, sound data and research to determine strategies and solutions for preventing and treating cancer.

California’s Cancer Registry has been in operation for more than three decades, serving as a critical repository in the state for cancer surveillance and cancer research. The Cancer Registry operates as a central hub for collecting cancer data, tracking over 170,000 diagnosed cancer cases each year on patients of all ages. Covering a territory of 58 counties and representing California’s population of nearly 40 million people, the Cancer Registry is comprised of three regional cancer registries – Greater California, Los Angeles and Bay Area.   

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  • 170k+ cancer cases are tracked by the California Cancer Registry each year
  • 55% of reported cancer cases are specific to 5 cancer types: breast, prostate, lung, colon, and melanoma of the skin
  • >50% of new cancer cases occur in women

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