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About NOCR

National Oral Cancer Registry (NOCR)

The National Oral Cancer Registry (NOCR) is an initiative of the Indian Dental Association (IDA). A mechanism devised to collect and classify information from across the country on all oral cancer cases as well as pre-cancerous lesions and conditions. In addition to compiling statistics on the occurrence of oral cancer, the NOCR shall provide a framework for assessing and controlling the impact of oral cancer by developing strategies and policies for its prevention, treatment and control.

The data provides essential information to oral health researchers\hospitals\institutions to analyze demographic and geographic factors that affect oral cancer risk, early detection, and effective treatment of oral cancer patients. The data also helps determine where early detection, educational, and other oral cancer- related prevention programs should be directed.

This assists to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs at IDA's SPOT (Spot Prevent Oral-cancer Trauma ) Centers.

NOCR is recognized as one of the leading cancer registries in India.


Develop data of oral pre-cancerous lesions and established cancer cases for the whole of India.


The mission is to serve as the premier education, credentialing, and advocacy resource for oral cancer professionals.


  • Generate reliable data on the magnitude and patterns of oral cancer.
  • Undertake epidemiological studies based on the results of the registry data.
  • Help in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of cancer control activities.
  • Develop training programs in oral cancer registration and epidemiology.

Future strategy

We plan to set-up new registries throughout the country keeping in mind the following:-

  • On-line dynamic generation of incidence rates.
  • Increase coverage - establishing descriptive oral cancer epidemiology.
  • Pathological Studies.
  • Patterns of oral cancer patient care and survival rate.
  • Cancer control and health services research.
  • Oral cancer research.
  • Data collected by local oral cancer registries enable oral health care professionals to understand and address the oral cancer burden more effectively.