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Detailed descriptions of all of the tables and graphs available on the site.
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- US Cancer Statistics: Incidence
First set of official federal cancer incidence statistics from each state that meets high-quality data standards.
- Cancer Trends Progress Report
The National Cancer Institute describes progress in reducing the U.S. cancer burden through cancer research and its dissemination.
- Annual Report to the Nation
Annual update on cancer occurrence and trends in the United States.
- CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries State/Territory Cancer Data
The following data is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) for their state and territory data:
- The State Cancer Burden Data fact sheets contain data on lung cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. They include the estimated number of new cancer cases and cancer deaths, and the age-adjusted mortality rates for cancer deaths by race for each state.
- The National Program of Cancer Registries State/Territory Profiles provide background on the program, as well as state-specific cancer burden data, cancer registry highlights, and contact information.
- Cancer Facts and Figures (American Cancer Society)
Cancer Facts & Figures conveys the American Cancer Society's annual estimates of expected numbers of new cancer cases and deaths. Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures presents data for the nation and states on tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity and screening examinations.
This Web site provides detailed cancer incidence and mortality data for the states that are participating. These data include interactive maps, trend charts, graphs and tables selectable by site, year(s), gender and race categories. The Web site is hosted by the Kentucky Cancer Registry at the University of Kentucky.
- MMWR Cancer Survivorship Report
This MMWR Surveillance Summary examines demographics, health behaviors, and preventive health care practices among cancer survivors in the U.S. in 2009. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, this report presents the first population-based survey with state-level assessment of health behaviors and demographic characteristics among cancer survivors aged > 18 years.
CI*Rank presents ranked, age-adjusted cancer incidence and mortality rates by state, county, and special region in the US. The site also presents confidence intervals for those ranks. Ranked, age-adjusted US mortality rates for other causes of death are also provided, along with the confidence intervals.
- Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc)
The Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc) is statistical software designed to generate multiple summary measures to evaluate and monitor health disparities (HD). HD*Calc was created as an extension of SEER*Stat that allows the user to import SEER data or other population-based health data and calculate any of eleven disparity measurements.
- Gather (Geographic Analysis Tool for Health & Environmental Research)
GATHER, Geographic Analysis Tool.gof for Health and Environmental Research, is an online spatial data access system that provides members of the public health community and general public access to spatial data that is pertinent to the analysis and exploration of public health issues. GATHER is powered by a GIS datawarehouse hosted by ATSDR/CDC.
- The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
The Dartmouth Atlas project brings together researchers in diverse disciplines - including epidemiology, economics, and statistics - and focuses on the accurate description of how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States.
- State Health Facts Online (Kaiser Family Foundation)
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) compiles the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation.
- Trust for America's Health
Trust for America's Health is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the health and safety of all communities from current and emerging health threats by strengthening the fundamentals of our public health defenses. They provide State Tracking Factsheets as well as some county data.
- National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network - Cancer Section
The CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking site provides data on cancer and other illnesses. This data is integrated with environmental data, looking for (1) environmental hazards, (2) exposure to environmental hazards, and (3) health effects potentially related to exposure to environmental hazards.
Cancer Data Providers for the Nation
- Finding Cancer Statistics
Portal into the cancer statistics reports and research tools provided by the National Cancer Institute. These include statistics on incidence, mortality, prevalence, survival, lifetime risk of developing cancer, and cancer statistics by race/ethnicity.
- State Registry Contacts
States and Territories may provide reports and Web sites providing local statistics that may be more current or more detail than can be provided by a Federal agency.
- Surveillance Research Program (NCI)
The Surveillance Research Program (SRP) directs the collection and analysis of pertinent data in order to answer key questions about cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality, and cancer-related health status in diverse regions and populations in the United States. As part of the SRP mission, the Cancer Statistics Branch manages the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, an integrated, comprehensive, multiple population-based reporting system. SRP also provides leadership, through its Statistical Research and Applications Branch, in developing statistical methodologies appropriate for analyzing trends and for evaluating the impact of cancer control interventions as well as geographic, social, behavioral, genetic and health care delivery factors on the cancer burden.
- National Program of Cancer Registries (CDC)
Congress established the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) in 1992. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been authorized by Congressional Law to provide funds to states and territories: to improve existing cancer registries; to plan and implement registries where they do not exist; to develop model legislation and regulations for states to enhance the viability of registry operations; to set standards for data completeness, timeliness, and quality; to provide training for registry personnel; and to help establish a computerized reporting and data-processing system.
- American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices.
- SEER - Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (NCI)
SEER Program of the National Cancer Institute is an authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States. Information on more than 3 million cancer cases is included in the SEER database, and approximately 170,000 new cases are accessioned each year within the SEER catchment areas. SEER data, publications, and resources are available free of charge.
- Cancer Prevention and Control (CDC)
The Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) is part of CDC's National Center For Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. DCPC conducts, supports, and promotes efforts to prevent cancer and to increase early detection of cancer. DCPC works with partners in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors to develop, implement, and promote effective cancer prevention and control practices nationwide.
- North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) is a collaborative umbrella organization for cancer registries, governmental agencies, professional associations, and private groups in North America interested in enhancing the quality and use of cancer registry data. Most central cancer registries in the United States and Canada are members. The formal mission of NAACCR is: to support and coordinate the development, enhancement and application of cancer registration techniques in population-based groups, so that quality data may be used for cancer control and epidemiologic research, public health programs, and patient care to reduce the burden of cancer in North America.
- National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) is a nationwide oncology outcomes database for over 1,500 hospitals in 50 states. The NCDB was founded as a joint project of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) and the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Health Data Providers for the Nation
- National Center for Health Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) gathers data on vital events as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care.
- CDC Wonder
CDC WONDER (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is an easy-to-use system that provides a single point of access to a wide variety of CDC reports, guidelines, and numeric public health data. CDC WONDER furthers CDC's mission of health promotion and disease prevention by speeding and simplifying access to public health information for state and local health departments, the Public Health Service, the academic public health community, and the public at large.
- 500 Cities
500 Cities (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is an interactive web site that provides small area estimates for 500 cities in the US. The data includes risk factors, health outcomes, and prevention.
- Healthy People 2020
Healthy People 2020 is the prevention agenda for the Nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. This is a collaborative effort by an advisory group formed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to help guide Healthy People; Federal Agencies including HHS and other Federal agencies that serve as coordinators for specific focus areas of Healthy People 2020; and the Healthy People Consortium which consists of more than 400 national membership organizations, all State and Territorial health departments, and key national associations of State health officials working to advance health.
- CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides state statistical and graphical summaries of prevalence and trends in prevention and screening behaviors.
- Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.
Links to resources for comprehensive cancer control. The P.L.A.N.E.T. portal provides access to Web-based resources that can assist in: assessing the cancer and/or risk factor burden within in a given state, identifying potential partner organizations who may already be working with these high risk populations; understanding the current research findings and recommendations; accessing and downloading evidence-based programs and products; and, providing guidelines for planning and evaluation.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP)
The purpose of comprehensive cancer control of the CDC is to develop an integrated and coordinated approach to reduce the incidence, morbidity, and mortality of cancer through prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation.