Jenna Johnson

Tribal Linkage and Race Data Quality for American Indians in a State Cancer Registry

OVERVIEW: Racial misclassification of minorities presents problems for cancer surveillance and research as well as public health practice. According to national cancer registries, the all-cancer incidence rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) is nearly half that of the total U.S. population.1 However, research has shown that when linked with more accurate sources of race (such as tribal enrollment files) the cancer incidence rate of AI/AN can more than double.2 We aim to identify racially misclassified AI/AN cancer cases in state cancer registries through linkages with tribal rosters. Results and analysis are pending.