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Welcome to the
Maryland Cancer Registry Webpage


The Maryland Cancer Registry (MCR) collects, maintains, and reports on cancer incidence in the State of Maryland.  The MCR serves as a resource for decision making in cancer prevention and control throughout the State and for cancer research.

Mission Statement

The Maryland Cancer Registry Advisory Committee (CRAC) adopted the following mission statements for MCR:
  • Oversight of activities that implement Health-General Article, §18-203 and §18-204, Annotated Code of Maryland, and COMAR 10.14.01 (cancer reporting statutes and regulations);
  • Timely, cost-effective, complete, and accurate ascertainment of new cases of cancer and benign central nervous system tumors among Maryland residents;
  • Computerization of cancer reports to facilitate ready availability, accessibility, and analysis; and
  • Preparation and dissemination of reports on the incidence and stage of cancer at diagnosis, which provide information on site, county of residence, and date of diagnosis.


Program History

  • The MCR was initiated in 1982 to collect all incident (new) cancers in the State of Maryland.
  • The Maryland General Assembly enacted Maryland Health-General Articles §§ 18-203 and 18-204, effective July 1, 1991, that mandated reporting of all new cancer cases by hospitals, radiation therapy centers, and freestanding diagnostic laboratories that were licensed in Maryland.  It further mandated the electronic submission of reports to the MCR as of July 1, 1993.

  • ​​The reporting law was amended in 1996 to include reporting of non-hospitalized cancer patients by freestanding ambulatory care facilities, and by physicians whose non-hospitalized cancer patients are not otherwise reported, beginning with cases diagnosed on or after October 1, 1996.

  • In 2001, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law that required the reporting of benign brain and central nervous system tumors to the MCR, effective October 1, 2001.


The Maryland Cancer Registry is supported by Maryland General Funds, the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund, and by contract number 6NU58DP006333 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Program of Central Registries

Staff for the Maryland Cancer Registry: 
Kimberly S. Stern, Program Manager

Maryland Cancer Registry
201 W. Preston Street, Suite 400
Baltimore, MD  21201