The Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR) is a population-based cancer registry aiming to provide comprehensive, accurate and timely information for cancer control. Currently, about 240 hospitals and 30 pathology laboratories notify us of cancer cases. Cancer screening registers are also required to notify us of all cancers.
We record all invasive cancers, in-situ carcinomas, benign tumours and tumours of uncertain behaviour. Basal cell carcinomas or skin cancers aren't recorded. A minimum amount of information is collected for every cancer case to maximise data accuracy. For each cancer case, we record:
Each year, we process over 100,000 new cancer notifications,
relating to around 30,000 new tumours. The registry now holds information on
nearly 1 million tumours diagnosed in Victorians over more than
We collect information on all cancer diagnosis in Victorian residents. Currently, 75% of cancer notifications are received electronically. All data is processed and stored within the registry database, PrecisTM Central. All aspects of data processing involve quality checking to maximise data accuracy.
We can provide interactive online statistics and graphs or customised figures and tables.
We can also provide print and electronic copies of VCR publications for research.
Anyone can contact the registry to request personal information and/or to access their records. Researchers may access identified, patient-specific cancer information provided ethics approval has been granted from our Human Research Ethics Committee.
We support cancer control by releasing data for:
For more information about how to access and use VCR data, see data access for research.
Contact us for more information on the Victorian Cancer Registry.