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C-12 Data Details

C-12 Increase the number of central, population-based registries from the 50 States and the District of Columbia that capture case information on at least 95 percent of the expected number of reportable cancers

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER); National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI)
National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC/NCCDPHP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
43 (2006)
Target-Setting Method
Total coverage
Number of States covered by NPCR and SEER programs that capture information on at least 95 percent of expected number of malignant cases occurring in the State residents each year
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

For the purposes of reporting to state registries, a diagnosis year is the date of the initial diagnosis by a recognized medical practitioner for the tumor being reported.

NPCR provides funds to 45 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia to assist in planning or enhancing registries; develop model legislation and regulations for programs to increase viability of registry operations; set standards for data quality, completeness, and timeliness; provide training for registry personnel; and help establish computerized reporting and data processing systems. SEER covers the remaining five states.

NPCR supported registries are expected to meet CDC data standards, as well as incorporate standards for data quality and format as described by the North American Association of Cancer Registries. Additional information on the standards for completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of central registry reporting, can be found on the CDC cancer web site.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 3-14 in that an additional data source, SEER, has been added to cover the 5 states that were not covered by NPCR. However, the target setting method for both Healthy People 2010 and 2020 is total coverage.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

In 2013, the original baseline was revised from 42 to 43 to correct a technical error. The target was not changed since it was already set to be total coverage.


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Cancer Prevention and Control, CDC