The Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) is the statewide cancer surveillance system and the Florida Statewide Cancer Registry. It was set up in 1978 to compile cancer data for the state so that trends can be identified to help in the fight to reduce cancer-related illnesses and deaths in Florida. Lowering the state’s number of cancer illnesses and deaths is FCDS’s guiding mission.
With very few exceptions, all diagnoses of malignant cancer in Florida must be reported to FCDS by healthcare facilities. This has been the case since 1981. The type, stage, and diagnostic data are reported to the agency, along with each patient’s medical history and demographics. This is all done with respect to patient confidentiality.
Using the FCDS Data
The data collected by FCDS is given to approved researchers, epidemiologists, doctors, health planners, state lawmakers, and medical students who use it in the interest of Florida’s public health. Patient names aren’t released, except in certain circumstances when researchers have been approved through a strict process overseen by the Florida Department of Health.
Information from the Florida Cancer Data System is used to:
- Track statewide cancer occurrences
- Educate health professionals and citizens about specific cancer risks
- Address the public’s cancer-related questions and concerns
- Assist with research
- Help design effective cancer control initiatives for the state
- Create effective health services and screening programs
FCDS is an important part of Florida’s efforts to reduce the cancer burden among state residents. Learn more about who they are and what they do at the Florida Cancer Data System website.