SEER Cancer Database

Maintained/created by: National Cancer Institute
Website: http://seer.cancer.gov/
Geographic unit of data: US. State, U.S. region,

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Abstract:

Users can access data about cancer statistics in the United States including but not limited to searches by type of cancer and race, sex, ethnicity, age at diagnosis, and age at death.

Background
Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database’s mission is to provide information on cancer statistics to help reduce the burden of disease in the U.S. population. The SEER database is a project to the National Cancer Institute. The SEER database collects information on incidence, prevalence, and survival from specific geographic areas representing 28 percent of the United States population.

Database Capabilities
Users can access a variety of resources. Cancer Stat Fact Sheets allow users to look at summaries of statistics by major cancer type. Cancer Statistic Reviews are available from 1975-2010 in table format. Users are also able to build their own tables and graphs using Fast Stats. The Cancer Query system provides more flexibility and a larger set of cancer statistics than Fast Stats but requires more input from the user. State Cancer Profiles include dynamic maps and graphs enabling the investigation of cancer trends at the county, state, and national levels. SEER research data files and SEER*Stat software are available to download through your Internet connection (SEER*Stat’s client-server mode) or via discs shipped directly to you. A signed data agreement form is required to access the SEER data

Data Notes
Data is available in different formats depending on which type of data is accessed. Some data is available in table, PDF, and html formats. Detailed information about the data is available under “Data Documentation and Variable Recodes”.