Commissioner Designee Dr. Mercedes K.C. Dullum on Tuesday welcomed the news that the Department of Health would receive more than $400,000 in grant funds to establish a Cancer Registry in the Virgin Islands.
The grant is one of three Technical Assistance Program (TAP) grants secured by Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., while in Washington, D.C. this week attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
“This is terrific news for us as this means we can take the first steps toward the creation of a cancer registry,” said Dr. Dullum. “Once this system is in place, we will be reaching out to healthcare providers to remind them that the reporting of cancer incidences and mortality is mandated by law.”
The Department currently requests such information on its VI Notifiable Disease Form, which can be downloaded via its website
A cancer registry is an organized system for the collection, storage, management and analysis of data on persons with cancer who have been diagnosed and/or treated at a facility. Medical facilities such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, pathology, and laboratories will be expected to send information about cancer cases to the cancer registry, with the main purpose of:
- Establishing and maintaining a cancer incidence reporting system;
- Being an informational resource for the investigation of cancer and its causes;
- Providing information to assist public health officials and agencies in the planning and evaluation of cancer prevention and cancer control programs.