The Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center (MCR-ARC) is located on the fourth floor of Clark Hall on the campus of the University of Missouri - Columbia and housed within the Department of Health Management and Informatics in the School of Medicine. The MCR-ARC is a collaborative partnership between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the University of Missouri. Since 1995, the MCR-ARC has received financial support from the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Our Mission is to maintain a statewide cancer surveillance system and participate in research in support of the prevention of cancer and the reduction of the cancer burden among Missouri residents.


Our Vision is to contribute significantly to the knowledge of cancer for use in improving the health of all people, especially Missourians.


Our Values: We will pursue our vision within an environment that fosters excellence, integrity, respect, trust, openness, fairness, quality performance, innovation, accountability, compassion, inclusion and dedication to quality data, research and service.


The MCR-ARC collects demographic, tumor and treatment information on more than 30,000 new cases of invasive cancer diagnosed among Missouri residents annually. Currently, the MCR-ARC database contains nearly 490,000 Missouri cases diagnosed from 1996 through 2011 (including nearly 23,000 in situ cases) plus more than 250,000 invasive cases diagnosed before 1996. To ensure complete reporting of new cases, MCR-ARC has data exchange agreements with all eight bordering states and 11 other states and conducts linkages with other databases (e.g., Missouri Vital Records, DHSS’s Patient Abstract System (Missouri’s hospital discharge database, Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and the National Death Index (NDI) to capture missed cases and obtain additional information on previously-reported cases.


About our website

MCR-ARC's website was created to assist the various entities - hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physician offices, pathology labs, freestanding cancer treatment centers and long-term care facilities - required by Missouri statutes (192.650, 192.653, 192.655, 192.657 RSMo) and and regulations (19 CSR 70-21.010) to submit cancer information to the state central cancer registry.


Another function of the MCR-ARC website is to serve as an informational, educational and data resource for DHSS staff, other health professionals, researchers, physicians, educators, students and members of the public. In addition to providing data on its own website and supplying data for DHSS’ MICA (Missouri Information for Community Assessment) site, MCR-ARC also provides Missouri cancer incidence data to national (CDC, American Cancer Society, North American Association of Central Cancer Registries) and international (International Association of Cancer Registries) agencies for inclusion in national and international databases and publications.


For persons less familiar with MCR-ARC or new to cancer reporting, we’ve included a web site search tool located on the upper left corner of all pages. This search (by default) is limited to the contents of the MCR-ARC website.




For questions or information not found on this website, please call 573-882-7775



This project was supported in part by a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) (#U58/DP003924-03) and a Surveillance Contract between DHSS and the University of Missouri.