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Reporting of Ohio Cancer Incidence Data

In accordance with Ohio law, section 3701.262 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), and Ohio rule, sections 3701-4-01 and 3701-4-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), each physician, dentist, hospital or person providing diagnostic or treatment services to patients with cancer shall report each case of cancer to the Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System (OCISS) at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Each cancer case must be reported to the OCISS within six months of date of diagnosis and/or first contact with the facility. The OCISS urges facilities to report cancer cases monthly. It is the responsibility of the provider to be sure that cases are reported under penalty of law, ORC section 3701.99.  

A reportable case is defined as: any primary malignant neoplasm, with the exception of basal and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin and carcinoma in-situ of the cervix, diagnosed and/or treated in any person in Ohio on or after January 1, 1992, as well as cases of benign and borderline intracranial and central nervous system (CNS) tumors diagnosed on or after January 1, 2004.  

Information on cancer incidence reporting to the Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System including reporting forms, descriptions of data fields and other resources.

OCISS Quarterly Newsletters 

Hospital Reporters

Physician Reporters

Ambulatory Surgery/Radiation Therapy/Laboratories

Training and Education Resources 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Cyber Cancer Registry The Cyber Cancer Registry is an interactive virtual registry system for developing and assessing the skills of cancer registry personnel. This virtual registry provides new cancer registrars an opportunity to gain hands-on practice in core areas of cancer registry operations. The Cyber Cancer Registry gives immediate feedback to the user through practical exercises and assessments to evaluate the level of competency, track training scores, and provide a certificate of completion for each assessment.
  • National Cancer Registrars Association’s Center for Cancer Registry Education Cancer Registry Education is designed to provide easy access to high-quality educational programming to support both seasoned professionals and those new to the field. The site offers a variety of products and services, allowing users to tailor your training and manage continuing education credits.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (must use web browser Mozilla Firefox®) SEER*Educate is a comprehensive training platform tailored specifically for cancer registry professionals to improve technical skills through applied testing on the latest coding guidelines and concepts.


Last Updated: 10/10/2018