Commissioner Designee Michelle S. Davis, PhD announced “the United States Virgin Islands Central Cancer Registry (VICCR) started the, longtime expected, cancer incidence data collection for cases diagnosed on January 1st, 2016 and after. This registry is an epidemiologic surveillance system designed to collect the information regarding incidence, distribution, risk factors and mortality of cancer. This is essential to the public, health professionals, researchers, the medical community, and policy makers to understand and address the cancer burden in the Territory. The Registry has been implemented and will be maintained under the Department of Health – Chronic Disease Prevention Program.”
The Virgin Islands Central Cancer Registry currently collects information from several sources: hospitals in St. Thomas and St. Croix, pathology laboratories (in island & off island), hospice care centers, ambulatory surgery centers, free-standing chemotherapy clinics and, physicians. The VICCR also has agreements with other state central cancer registries to obtain information on USVI residents who are diagnosed with or receive treatment for cancer in these states.
“The Virgin Islands Central Cancer Registry, was initiated several years ago, however it was not until January 2016 that all components came together to take it on line and to garner full participation by providers in the territory. I am happy to report to the Governor, the 31st Legislature and the people of the Virgin Islands that this registry is fully functional and currently collecting data, as intended” concluded
the Commissioner Designee.