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Cancer Data and Statistics

Cancer registries provide the data-driven foundation for cancer control efforts in the United States.

The United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) are the official federal cancer statistics. They come from combined cancer registry data collected by CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. These data are used to understand cancer burden and trends, support cancer research, measure progress in cancer control and prevention efforts, target action on eliminating disparities, and improve cancer outcomes for all.

The current USCS data provide state-specific and county-level data for cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) and for cancer deaths that occurred in 2014, the most recent year for which incidence data are available. Each year of data includes more than 1.5 million cases of invasive cancer, including about 15,000 cases among children younger than 20 years, and more than 590,000 deaths from cancer.

Data Visualizations

Data Visualizations tool screen shot

The Data Visualizations tool makes it easy for anyone to explore and use the latest official federal government cancer data from the USCS Web-based report.

Interactive graphics and tables

  • New cancer cases
  • Cancer deaths
  • Data interpretation
  • By state and county
  • By sex, age, race, and ethnicity
  • Over time
  • Survival
  • Prevalence

The latest cancer data covering 100% of the U.S. population

NPCR and SEER Incidence – USCS Public Use Databases

NPCR and SEER Incidence – USCS 2001–2014 Public Use Database Data Standards and Data Dictionary

Researchers can access and analyze high-quality population-based cancer incidence data on the entire United States population. De-identified cancer incidence data reported to CDC’s National Program for Cancer Registries (NPCR) and the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program are available to researchers for free in public use databases that can be accessed using software developed by NCI’s SEER Program.

Cancer surveillance data from these two programs are combined to become United States Cancer Statistics (USCS), the official source for federal cancer data. Combined data from NPCR and the SEER Program include cancer incidence and population data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, providing information on more than 22 million cancer cases.

Two public use databases are available: the 2001–2014 database, which includes data for 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the 2005–2014 database, which includes data for 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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