CRGC Mission

The Cancer Registry of Greater California’s mission is to capture timely, high quality data from all cancer patients diagnosed in 48 of California’s 58 counties, and to utilize this information for cancer research to improve health outcomes and reduce cancer morbidity and mortality.

Our Logo


The CRGC logo represents a cancer virus – a symbol portraying the work that we do. Dr. Marta Induni, CRGC Sr. Director of Operations describes, “I like the idea that we are all working together to kill cancer – I think it is an eye- catching and powerful image that shows our tenacity and the strength we have in our collaboration with the registry community at large.” The virus, known as GLV-1h68, was  modified to target and then kill cancer cells and could increase the effectiveness of  chemotherapy. Results have been successful in the lab setting and approval for a clinical trial has been given and will take place sometime soon.

How do we accomplish this goal?

After a patient is diagnosed with cancer at a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital, the diagnosis and patient information is reported to CRGC where a trained certified tumor registrar analyzes the tumor location, size, type, and other information, creating a case file that is entered into a statewide system along with all the other tumors. This valuable data is used by doctors, researchers and other health professionals to inform cancer prevention research, cancer care and treatment, and improve health outcomes.

Cancer cases (excluding basal and squamous cell carcinoma) are mandated by law to be reported to public health authorities. The CRGC is designated by the California Department of Public Health to collect the information for over 90% of the state’s geography. Click here for a list of counties covered by the CRGC.

In addition to data collection, the CRGC is responsible for checking the accuracy of the data collected, including identifying and collecting missing data. Data are collected regarding cancer diagnoses and treatment from hospitals, physician offices (M.D.), laboratories and other sources. Quality control checks are performed at the CRGC before the data is submitted to the California Cancer Registry’s statewide cancer database.

Data flow diagram, visualizing the description from the previous paragraph.




CRGC receives Gold Certification from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) for complete, accurate, and timely data!

Click here to learn more about NAACCR.


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