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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 or send comments to Maryam I. Daneshvar, CDC Acting Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS D-74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an email to

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System—Revision—National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, second only to heart disease. In 2005, the most recent year for which complete information is available, more than 500,000 people died of cancer and more than 1.34 million were diagnosed with cancer. In addition to the personal impact of cancer, the financial burden is also substantial. The direct treatment costs of cancer in 2008 have been estimated at $93.2 billion, with additional indirect costs of $134.9 billion in lost productivity due to illness and premature death.

In 1992, Congress passed the Cancer Registries Amendment Act which established the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). The NPCR provides support for central cancer registries (CCR) that collect, manage and analyze data about cancer cases. The NPCR-funded CCRs, which are located in states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, report information to CDC annually through the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR CSS) (OMB No. 0920-0469, exp. 1/31/2010). CDC plans to request OMB approval to continue collecting this information for three years.

The NPCR CSS allows CDC to collect, aggregate, evaluate and disseminate cancer incidence data at the national level. The NPCR CSS is the primary source of information for United States Start Printed Page 37039Cancer Statistics (USCS), which CDC has published annually since 2002. The latest USCS report published in 2009 provided cancer statistics for 96% of the United States population from all cancer registries whose data met national data standards. Prior to the publication of USCS, cancer incidence data at the national level were available for only 14% of the population of the United States.

The NPCR CSS also allows CDC to monitor cancer trends over time, describe geographic variation in cancer incidence throughout the country, and provide incidence data on minority populations and rare cancers. These activities and analyses further support CDC's planning and evaluation efforts for state and national cancer control and prevention. In addition, datasets can be made available for secondary analysis.

Each responding CCR is asked to report a cumulative file containing incidence data from the first diagnosis year for which the cancer registry collected data with the assistance of NPCR funds (e.g., 1995) through 12 months past the close of the most recent diagnosis year (e.g., 2007). Because cancer incidence data are already collected and aggregated at the state level the additional burden of reporting the information to CDC is small. Information is transmitted to CDC electronically once per year.

The Revision request will include changes. First, data definitions will be updated to reflect changes in national standards for cancer diagnosis and coding. In addition, the number of respondents will decrease. Respondents will be 45 stated-based CCRs, the CCR of the District of Columbia, the CCR of Puerto Rico, and the CCR that aggregates information from 10 flag territories and freely associated states in the Pacific Islands. In the previous OMB approval period, the territories, commonwealths, or freely-associated states were counted as individual respondents. In the next OMB approval period, the 10 flag territories, commonwealths, and freely-associated states will be counted as one respondent to more accurately reflect funding, operations and actual response burden. States that receive sole funding from the National Cancer Institute are not included as respondents. The adjusted number of respondents will result in a reduction in the total estimated burden hours for the NPCR CSS. The estimated burden per response will not change.

There are no costs to respondents except their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

RespondentsNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
Central Cancer Registries in States, Territories, and the District of Columbia481296
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Dated: July 17, 2009.

Maryam I. Daneshvar,

Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. E9-17781 Filed 7-24-09; 8:45 am]