The South African National Cancer Registry (NCR), is a division of National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS). The NCR serves as South Africa’s main source of national cancer incidence data. Since 1986, the NCR has conducted pathology-based cancer surveillance, where data on cancer cases diagnosed by histology, cytology and bone marrow aspirate and trephine are collected, analysed and reported annually.
In 2011, Regulation no. 380 of the National Health Act no. 61 of 2003 was created to legally establish the NCR and to make cancer a reportable disease. The regulation provided a mandate to establish a population-based cancer registry. Since January 2017, population based cancer data are collected from Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality in Gauteng Province. The Ekurhuleni Population Based Cancer Registry (EPBCR) meets the gold standard criteria for cancer registration worldwide as all cancers that are diagnosed clinically, radiologically and pathologically are collected.
The systematic collection, storage, analysis, interpretation and reporting of cancer cases known as cancer surveillance, is the responsibility of the National Cancer Registry (NCR) in South Africa.
The NCR is mandated to establish Population-Based Cancer Registries for South Africa. The findings are published annually, after undergoing stringent vetting processes. We at the NICD support the work of the NCR and host each year’s findings on our site.
Data sources that are included in the NCR’s research are among the likes of public hospitals, private health facilities, the South African Oncology Consortium, Hospice, paediatric oncology, CHOC, and the NHLS. A list of support contacts is provided below, and the NICD encourages you to contact the service providers if you are in need of oncology-related support.