Happy Fall! I think this is my favorite time of year when the mornings and evenings are crisp with a twinge of coolness just enough to make you think about wearing a jacket or sweater. It's welcome relief after some triple digit days of summer.
CRGC staff are busy working on a variety of different projects - from preparing for our SEER submission due in early November to continuing the review of prostate PSA codes for diagnosis years 2004 -2009. You may remember that SEER was concerned about the validity of the PSA coding and asked each SEER Registry to review and if needed, correct the data. Once this range of diagnosis years is complete, all of our prostate PSA data from 2004 forward will have been reviewed and error free.
Our research staff have also been very busy and we are happy to share two different articles each utilizing data collected by California registrars.
John Morgan, our epidemiologist for Regions 4, 5, 7, and 10, shares recent results of a population-based study of treatment of colorectal cancer that show some interesting findings.
Rosemary Cress, Director of Research, and Danielle Rodriguez, Epidemiologist for regions 2, 3, and 6, share a link to an article which appeared in the Redding Searchlight about the challenges of cancer treatment for patients living in rural parts of California.
In case you wondered how timeliness of your data was calculated, Scott Riddle, System Support Manager, explains the fairly simple formula used by CRGC once your data has been received.
This is also the season for Breast Cancer Awareness Month so please make sure you and your loved ones get your mammogram scheduled and performed.
Also a reminder that the CCRA 43rd Annual Education Conference, hosted by Northern CCRA will be held November 3-4 at the Embassy Suites Sacramento. We look forward to seeing you there!
We hope you find these articles informative. Thanks again for all you do to provide accurate, complete and timely cancer data!