An assessment of the completeness and timeliness of the Israel national cancer registry

Eden Moore, Barbara G. Silverman*, Yehudit Fishier, Etty Ben-Adiva, Olga Davidov, Rita Dichtiar, Hila Edri, Miriam Zatlawi, Lital Keinan-Boker

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Abstract

Background: The Israel National Cancer Registry (INCR) was established in 1960. Reporting has been mandatory since 1982. All neoplasms of uncertain/unknown behavior, in situ and invasive malignancies (excluding basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin), and benign neoplasms of the brain and central nervous system (CNS) are reportable. Objectives: To assess completeness and timeliness of the INCR for cases diagnosed or treated in 2005. Methods: Abstractors identified cases of in situ and invasive malignancies and tumors of benign and uncertain behavior of the brain and CNS diagnosed or treated in 2005 in the files of medical records departments, pathology and cytology laboratories, and oncology and hematology institutes in 39 Israeli medical facilities. Cases were linked to the INCR database by national identity number. Duplicate cases, and those found to be non-reportable were excluded from analysis. Completeness was calculated as the percent of reportable cases identified by the survey that were present in the registry. Timeliness was calculated as the percent of reportable cases diagnosed in 2005, which were incorporated into the registry prior to 31 December 2007. Results: The INCR's completeness is estimated at 93.7% for all reportable diseases, 96.8% for invasive solid tumors, and 88.0% for hematopoietic tumors. Incident cases for the calendar year 2005 were less likely to be present in the registry database than those diagnosed prior to 2005. Conclusions: Completeness and timeliness of the INCR are high and meet international guidelines. Fully automated reporting will likely improve the quality and timeliness of INCR data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume23
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Classification methods
  • Data accuracy
  • Epidemiology
  • Neoplasms
  • Registries and standards

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