Spring 2021 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment

Recinda Sherman, MPH, PhD, CTR
NAACCR Program Manager of Data Use and Research


Research & Data Use

Folks—we have made it through another tempestuous March. Here in Southern California, I am fortunate enough to be able to hike among great swaths of wildflower blooms this time of year. If spring has not yet sprung in your area, check out these images to get in a vernal mood: Chino Hills Wildflower Gallery. And, yes, if you visit next April, I will give you a personal tour.

NAACCR Certification & CiNA:

The CiNA Monograph and Data Products are in the middle of analysis and processing. The new on-line query system will be released here https://www.naaccr.org/interactive-data-on-line/ in April.

Overall, we saw a downward shift in case counts across North America with this year’s submission-but it was not significant enough to impact certification results. But conversations about the impact of Covid-19 on both data collection and heath care services utilization and the subsequent influence on our case counts for 2019 and 2020 are beginning. We will need to consider how to handle certification as well as interpretation of our data. This year, we also identified an issue with reporting DCOs and certification. We will provide details on this issue in the next Narrative and along with Certification Results.

Camp Lejeune Cancer Incidence Study:

Our involvement with the Camp Lejeune Cancer Incidence Study is now a wrap. ATSDR will now be analyzing the final dataset. A total of 54 registries linked to the CIS Cohort, and 53 provided data for consolidation, quality control, de-duplication and submission to ATSDR.

As a final product, nearly 60,000 un-duplicated at the national-level tumor records were submitted for analysis. Part of NAACCR’s role was to conduct quality control of the data. And we were delighted to report to the study that the submitted tumor records, from all sources including the Veteran’s Affairs Cancer Registry and the US Virgin Islands—neither of whom participate in our annual call for data processing, passed all edits and were consistently coded and of high quality. This is truly a testament to the great work we all do and underscores how valuable a resource cancer registries are to epidemiologic research.

Geospatial Stuff:
The Census 2020 Boundary files were finally released, and the 2020 county, tract, and block group will be available for NAACCR Geocoder output in April. And we plan to release the manual review interface to improve poorly geocoded or ungeoocoded cases this summer. Tentative name for this tool: MI Geocorrect Tool. And this summer, thanks to a partnership with NCI, Woods and Poole, and IMS, we will release census tract population estimates for the US. These population estimates will be for 200o forward and suitable for calculating rates by census tract (which can be tricky) or for calculating rates by tract-level area based social measure, such as poverty code.


As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or revolutionary ideas in the NAACCR Research and Data Use area, please contact me rsherman@naaccr.org.




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