History Of The Recife, Brazil Cancer RegistryóPast, Present And Future

Solange SANTOS, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil

1 Departament of Social Medicine, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
2 School of Medicine, Federal University of Pernambuco

PURPOSE - The population-based cancer registries are health information systems that permit collection, classification and analysis of diagnosed cancer cases. In Brazil there are 23 population-based cancer registries fed by a network of 282 cancer hospital Registers. METHODS - This paper describes the history and status of the Recife Cancer Registry, based on archival research, in order to understand its role in cancer control in Brazil.
RESULTS - The first population-based cancer registry was set up in Brazil in 1967 in Recife by Prof. Adonis Carvalho in the school of Medicine of the Federal University of  Pernambuco in co-operation with the Bureau of Health of the State of Pernambuco,  and the Ministry of Health .
In the period 1995-2002 the population-based cancer registry was managed by the Health Department of the State of Pernambuco. The following year was the municipalization of record where the Recife Health Department began to operate and manage the same.
From the year 2006 through Ordinance 2.607 28/12/2005, the Secretariat of Health Surveillance establishing with regular resources of the Surveillance Financial Ceiling Health financial incentive to fund the activities developed by populacional-based cancer registries. Currently, the population-based cancer registry Recife, collecting information of 27 general hospitals, one hospital cancer, 3 university hospitals, pathology laboratories and radio and chemotherapy services.
CONCLUSION - Federal University of Pernambuco had a historic role in creating the first registry Brazil. This Register is important because it allows a collective analysis of the epidemiological and other risk factors for cancer. However not all cancer hospitals participate in this program.

Key Words—cancer register, epidemiology, health monitoring, health information systems.