National cancer registry, 1980-1983
Muñoz Leiva, Georgina
Sierra Ramos, Rafaela
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Legislation making cancer a notifiable disease was introduced in Costa Rica in 1976. At the same time, a National Tumour Registry was established, and collection of data commenced in March 1977. The aims of the National Tumour Registry, specified by legislation, were to collect data which would permit assessment of: ( 1) the incidence and prevalence of cancer by anatomical site, sex, age, occupation and geographical area; (2) the distribution and quality of medical services provided to persons suffering from cancer; (3) all new cases of malignant cancer diagnosed within the national boundaries, and any other relevant problems. The Cancer Registry of Costa Rica obtains data on cancer cases from hospital records, death certificates, biopsies and autopsies.