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Scottish Cancer Registry


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Cancer Registry in Scotland

Cancer Registration is the collection, maintenance and management of data on every new diagnosis of cancer occurring in a population. In Scotland, approximately 55,000 cancer registrations are made annually. The Scottish Cancer Registry database holds over 1,500,000 records dating back to 1958, when the registry began.

Cancer registries are unique in being able to provide historical trend and population-based data to monitor changes in cancer incidence and survival over long periods of time. Cancer registries across the world share the same main objective: to deliver timely, comparable and high-quality cancer data.

The Scottish Cancer Registry contains information on all new cases of cancer including primary malignant neoplasms, carcinoma in situ, neoplasms of uncertain behaviour and benign brain and spinal cord tumours.

Latest News

2016 data completeness Download Excel file [20Kb]

Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service (SCRIS)

National Services Scotland (NSS) and the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP) are collaborating to modernise the Scottish Cancer Registry and create the Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service (SCRIS).

This 2 year project, which started in May 2017, will enable clinicians to access patient information from across NHS Scotland to support cancer services and enable improvements in patient outcomes for those affected by cancer.

A major objective for the SCRIS project is to create a national platform to provide access to timely cancer data. Existing centrally held data will be made available via a national reporting and presentation platform in a secure environment, only accessible by approved users. Access to individual patient level data will be restricted to clinicians involved in their care.

For more information about the Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service project:

please read our information leaflet Download PDF file [250Kb] or you can contact the team at:

Latest News

October 2017 - SCRIS team have been working with our IT colleagues to prepare for incorporation of new data sets (Prescribing, Cancer, Waiting Times, Outpatients) into the Scottish Cancer Registry.

If you would like to find out more about the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme you can visit their website at or email

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