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United States Cancer Statistics (USCS)

Uses for Report Data*

Data from the United States Cancer Statistics Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report provide a basis for research, cancer control planning, health communications, and policy development efforts. Below are examples that illustrate these potential data uses:

  • Describing the variability in cancer incidence and death rates across different populations and identifying patterns.

  • Determining differences in the cancer burden in similar states or regions to guide planning efforts for cancer control programs. (Refer to Guidance for Comparing States' Cancer Data.)

  • Identifying populations at risk for certain cancers and developing effective, evidence-based cancer prevention and control activities for these groups based on identifying populations at risk for certain cancers.

  • Helping design, implement, and expand comprehensive cancer control efforts.

  • Providing information for a national database of cancer incidence and mortality data that can be used in conducting data linkages and designing special studies.

  • Responding to community and media inquiries about cancer incidence and cancer mortality.

  • Developing Web-based resources to help state health departments plan effective cancer prevention and control activities (e.g., Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.).

  • Developing culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate materials to communicate with diverse racial and ethnic audiences.

  • Developing guidelines, policy, or legislation to strengthen or enhance cancer control efforts.

  • Conducting special studies to advance clinical, epidemiologic, and health services research.

  • Providing information to help state registries improve the quality and usefulness of their data and to link with other databases.

  • Setting priorities for allocating health resources.

*Refer to Technical Notes—Interpreting the Data.

Page last reviewed: October 21, 2010
Page last updated: February 14, 2012
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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