Blythe Ryerson, PhD, MPH with the Centers for Disease Control provides an overview of how cancer registries work and the role surveillance programs play in guiding us toward better understanding, treating, and preventing cancer.
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- Explain the role of surveillance programs in measuring the burden of cancer
- Describe the purpose of collecting cancer registry data
- Identify the public health role in cancer surveillance
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Dr. Blythe Ryerson, PhD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control
A. Blythe Ryerson, PhD, MPH, joined CDC as an epidemiologist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s (DCPC’s) Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch in 2003. The majority of her work focused on the early detection of breast and ovarian cancer and research related to CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Additionally, Dr. Ryerson has provided epidemiologic expertise and leadership to the Division’s research, resources, and programs aimed at identifying and addressing the needs of cancer survivors.
In 2012, Dr. Ryerson took a position in the Cancer Surveillance Branch as lead of the Surveillance Research Team, and is now acting branch chief. She conducts and leads a number of data dissemination and research activities related to the National Program of Cancer Registries. She also provides epidemiological expertise for the Division’s Comparative Effectiveness Research and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research using CDC’s cancer surveillance data.