|The objective of the State Cancer Profiles Web site
is to provide a system to characterize the cancer burden in a standardized
manner in order to motivate action, integrate surveillance into cancer
control planning, characterize areas and demographic groups, and expose
health disparities. The focus is on cancer sites for which there are evidence
based control interventions. Interactive graphics and maps provide visual
support for deciding where to focus cancer control efforts.
The target audiences are health planners, policy makers, and cancer information providers who need quick and easy access to descriptive cancer statistics in order to prioritize investments in cancer control. Epidemiologists may find this site useful for exploring cancer statistics to identify research opportunities. The Links section provides alternative resources for cancer and health statistics. In particular, Finding Cancer Statistics http://surveillance.cancer.gov/statistics/ provides an introduction to cancer statistics and a guide to resources.
The Profiles Web site brings together data that are collected from public health surveillance systems by using either their published reports or public use files. The data may appear dated but it is the most recent that has completed the national data synthesis and quality assurance processes. Many states provide Web sites with just their state's data. This data may be more recent or in more detail than can be provided nationally.
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