The Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry (GBACR), which maintains strict standards of data confidentiality, provides cancer information in two forms:
As a state-mandated regional cancer registry, the GBACR holds the responsibility to respond to requests from the public for cancer data about the Greater Bay Area. It makes data and statistics available in several forms:
- statistical (grouped) data and
- individual data
Names of patients, practitioners, and care facilities obtained from the GBACR database are never revealed when results from statistical analyses are shared on local, state, national, or global levels.
- registry reports and publications
- fact sheets
- reports on special topics
- custom tabulated data
To support the state legal mandate for cancer registration, the GBACR facilitates cancer research by providing individual patient data to investigators as needed to conduct research studies only after requirements to protect confidentiality, set by state law, are met. Please see the Obtaining Data for Research page.
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California's (CPIC) Annual Incidence and Mortality Reports present information on all new cancer cases and deaths occurring in the Greater Bay Area from 1988 to the latest year for which information is available. The GBACR also produces reports on special topics and recent publications using its data.
The GBACR produces short summaries of information about specific types of cancer by geographic region: the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo counties), the Santa Clara region (Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties), or the Greater Bay Area (all 9 counties).