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September 9, 2013

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National Cancer Registry Leader Joins Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and State Health Department

Press Release from the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

New Brunswick, N.J. - Antoinette M. Stroup, PhD, has joined Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the state Department of Health to lead the New Jersey State Cancer Registry, whose cancer surveillance team collects and analyzes cancer incidence and survival data across the state. In her new role, Dr. Stroup will oversee the Registry, which serves as a local and national resource for population-based epidemiological studies into the causes, treatments and outcomes in patients with cancer.

The New Jersey State Cancer Registry, housed in the state Health Department and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is one of only 20 in 16 states designated and funded as part of the National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, which is considered to be the most authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States. The registry has been collecting statewide cancer surveillance data since 1978, providing population-based cancer incidence and survival data for local cancer control and prevention programs, SEER, and other national and international programs including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Program of Cancer Registries, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, and the International Association of Cancer Registries.

An important source of information for health care providers, public health officials and administrators, the data collected, tracked and analyzed through the New Jersey State Cancer Registry is useful in describing cancer patterns in the population, discovering causes of cancer, and planning programs for people affected by cancer. Clinicians, scientists and other collaborators utilize information from the registry for varied investigations, including survivorship research and disparities exploration. On average, some 47,000 cancer cases are diagnosed each year in New Jersey.

Read the full release at:  http://www.cinj.org/national-cancer-registry-leader-joins-rutgers-cancer-institute-new-jersey