We are proud to announce that our very own Susan Bolick was recently named this year’s recipient of the North American Association of Center Cancer Registries’ (NAACCR) Constance L. Percy Award for Distinguished Service. A prestigious honor, the award recognizes Susan for her distinguished leadership, dedication, and perseverance in achieving data standards, commitment to efficient registry operations, and faithful service to NAACCR and the cancer surveillance community.
“This award is quite an honor, especially in the cancer registry community,” said Deborah Hurley, SCCCR Assistant Director. “We are all very proud of Susan and appreciate the opportunity to work with and be inspired by her.”
A valued member of the DHEC family for more than 20 years, Susan serves as our South Carolina Central Cancer Registry (SCCCR) Director. Involved in the planning stages of a state cancer registry for South Carolina since the mid-1980s, she currently provides inspiration and leadership to a staff of 15, including Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs), an epidemiologist, a statistician, a database management specialist, and administrative staff.
Congratulations to Susan, and thank you to our entire SCCCR team for the work that you do each and every day.
South Carolina’s population-based public health surveillance system for the systematic collection, processing, management, dissemination, and interpretation of newly diagnosed cancer cases (cancer incidence), the SCCCR is responsible for the collection and maintenance of vital cancer-related data. The data are used to study trends in how often and what types of cancers occur in a defined area, changes in diagnosis and treatment patterns, and patients’ survival rates. Our SCCCR team contributes South Carolina cancer incidence data for the official statistics publication for the nation, United States Cancer Statistics, and works to address community cancer concerns (perceived cancer clusters) through community cancer assessment investigations.