The Desert Sierra Cancer Surveillance Program (DSCSP) is one of ten regional registries of the California Cancer Registry (CCR) established in 1988. There has been mandatory reporting of all new reportable cancer diagnoses since 1985. In 2001, diagnoses of borderline/benign intracranial and central nervous system (CNS) tumors became reportable as well as borderline ovarian cancer and Newly Reportable Hematopoietic Diseases.

Loma Linda, CA with LLUMC in the centerSince 1988, Loma Linda University Medical Center (in Loma Linda, California) has subcontracted with the California Department of Public Health to operate the Desert Sierra Cancer Surveillance Program, Region 5 which encompasses the populations of Inyo, Mono, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. An award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1995 provided funding for a cancer epidemiologist to support and enlarge cancer research, conduct investigations of cancer concerns, promote cancer control and prevention programs throughout the five counties of Region 5. It also provides for the compilation and dissemination of descriptive information regarding cancer incidence and mortality in the form of an annual report.
In 2000, the National Cancer Institute announced plans to expand the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program for coverage of additional populations with limited data and population-based central registries with high quality of data. The award was submitted and approved to allow the seven non-SEER regional registries in California to form the Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC) which includes:

  • The Cancer Registry of Greater California includes 48 of California's 58 counties and covers approximately 93% of the land area of California. The CRGC has a population of nearly 20,000,000 residents (53% of California's population).

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