NY: New York City Needs A Cancer Screening Registry

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New York City Needs A Cancer Screening Registry

Dear [Decision Maker],

Every year over 15,000 new cases of colorectal, prostate, breast and cervical cancer are diagnosed in New York City. Each of these cancers can be detected early, therefore, increasing their survival rate. I would like the City Council to establish a cancer screening registry and require all screening providers to comply with the registry.

The registry would be an electronic database that maintains colon, breast, prostate and cervical cancer screening records for New York City residents. A registry would help increase the screening rates of unscreened individuals, reduce unnecessary testing in those who have already been screened, and help ensure that timely follow-ups are conducted.

Although there is some cost in set-up and maintaining the registry, the data are already being collected by colon, breast, prostate and cervical cancer screening providers. The registry could be hosted by the NYC DOHMH like the NYC Immunization Registry. I hope that you will support the creation of a cancer registry in New York City.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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[Your Email]