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Korea Central Cancer Registry

Contact Info

Cancer Registration & Statistics Branch
National Cancer Center Korea
National Cancer Control Institute, NCC
323 Ilsan-ro,
Korea, Republic of
Dr. Young-Joo Won


Registration area

The Korea Central Cancer Registry (KCCR) covers the Republic of Korea in East Asia. In 2005, the population was 4.8 million, with 9.1% aged more than 65 years. The country’s population density (493 residents/km2) is one of the highest in the world. Due to rapid urbanization, 90% of the population is classified as urban. Most residents are ethnic Koreans, and the national language is Korean.

Cancer care facilities

All residents are covered by the National Health Insurance system, and national cancer control programmes have been in place since 1996. In 2005, 1000 of the country’s 1500 teaching hospitals and general hospitals provided specialized cancer diagnostic and therapeutic services, and 2500 of the country’s 26 000 private clinics provided general cancer care services.

Registry structure and methods

The KCCR began as a hospital-based nationwide cancer registry, initiated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1980. The registry is located within the Division of Cancer Registration and Surveillance at the Republic of Korea’s National Cancer Center. There are also 11 population-based regional cancer registries in the country. The KCCR is responsible for collecting and managing nationwide cancer registry data, providing technical and financial support to the regional cancer registries, providing training for cancer registrars, and providing annual nationwide cancer statistics. Incident cancer cases are passively reported to the KCCR by more than 180 voluntarily participating hospitals, and medical records on potential cancer cases identified from the National Health Insurance data are actively reviewed. Vital status is obtained by linking the incidence records with death certificate data. The Cancer Act provides the legal basis for cancer registration. The KCCR is staffed by four full-time faculty members, a physician, a data manager, six statisticians, and eight cancer registrars. Financial support is provided by the government.

Use of the data

The KCCR publishes the Annual Report of Cancer Statistics in Korea and contributes to several scientific journal articles on cancer statistics and short-term predictions every year. Statistics tables and aggregated registry data are provided to policy-makers and cancer researchers upon request.


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