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Hawaii Tumor Registry

The Hawaii Tumor Registry maintains a confidential database of information on all reportable cases of cancer, benign brain tumors, many blood disorders and other reportable "neoplasms" diagnosed in Hawaii, and data are published to inform local prevention and control efforts, as well as national and international research efforts. Founded in 1960, the Registry is jointly operated by the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Hawaii State Department of Health. Since 1973, the Registry has been a coveted and founding member of the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER), the nation's cancer surveillance and reporting system and it receives its primary financial support from the National Institute's of Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI). HTR is also recognized as a high-quality central cancer registry, receiving GOLD standard awards from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) on an annual basis.

The Registry's database contains more cancer cases of Native Hawaiians than any other registry nationwide. It also contains sizable numbers of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Pacific Islanders and Whites, including smaller numbers of other ethnic groups. This racially-diverse and unique population resource has been invaluable in demonstrating ethnic variations in cancer incidence and survival. Its use by cancer control partners, hospitals, researchers and physicians has resulted in numerous projects and peer-reviewed publications in national professional journals. As one of the 20 NCI-SEER regions nationwide, the Registry collects detailed information on more than 8,400 new cases of cancer diagnosed annually in the state, as well as follow-up and survival data on diagnosed Hawaii patients until their demise. Currently, the Registry database contains more than 248,137 cases diagnosed from 1960-2014.

View HTR cancer booklet

View Cancer at a Glance brochure

Contact Information:

Phone: 808-586-9750
Fax: 808-587-0024

Faculty Director:

Brenda Y. Hernandez, PhD, MPH
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Project Director:

Michael Green, CTR
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