Missouri Cancer Registration Center

The Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center

Lewis and Clark HallThe Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center (MCR-ARC) home of the Missouri Cancer Registry (MCR) - Missouri's state-mandated central cancer registry - 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. MCR is a collaborative partnership between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the University of Missouri. Since 1995, MCR has received financial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR).

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.

MCR collects demographic, tumor and treatment information on more than 30,000 new cases of invasive cancer diagnosed among Missouri residents annually. Currently, the MCR database contains nearly 560,000 invasive Missouri cases diagnosed from 1996 through 2014 (including nearly 30,000 in situ cases) plus more than 300,000 invasive cases diagnosed before 1996. To ensure complete reporting of new cases, MCR-ARC has data exchange agreements with all eight bordering states and more than a dozen 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 - inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, physician offices, pathology laboratories, ambulatory surgical centers, residential care facilities and assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and free-standing cancer clinics and treatment centers - 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/other health department staff, 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, 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 right corner of all pages. This search (by default) is limited to the contents of the MCR-ARC website.