Questions and Answers About the NPCR and SEER Incidence – U.S. Cancer Statistics Public Use Databases

I am having trouble using SEER*Stat. Where can I get help?

Step-by-step instructions for using SEER*StatExternal are available. If you do not find answers there, please contact SEER*Stat Technical Support at seerstat@imsweb.com.

Are county-level data available?

Due to data-sharing agreements with some of the states providing data for this database, county-level data are not available in the public use database. County-level data are available to researchers in the U.S. Cancer Statistics Restricted Access Database, which is hosted at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Research Data Center.

Are single years of age available?

Single-year age data are not available in the public use database. Single-year age data are available to researchers in the U.S. Cancer Statistics Restricted Access Database.

How do I obtain mortality data?

When you submit a NCI SEER Data Use Agreement form, you are given access to CDC’s National Health Statistics’ U.S. Mortality data files in SEER*Stat. Please refer to SEER’s U.S. Mortality Data websiteExternal for information on how to use these data.

Can I link this database to other data sources?

The NPCR and SEER Incidence – USCS Research Data AgreementCdc-pdf[PDF-39KB] prohibits analysts from linking this database with any other database without CDC approval. Please contact uscsdata@cdc.gov if you wish to link the data.

Is a SAS or ASCII dataset available?

No. The data can be analyzed only within the SEER*Stat software.

Is case listing available? Can I download the data?

Due to data-sharing agreements with some of the states providing data for this database, case listing is not available in the SEER*Stat software, and case-level data cannot be accessed or downloaded.

How do numbers compare with SEER?

Cancers that were identified only through death certificate or autopsy reports have been excluded from the NPCR and SEER Incidence – U.S. Cancer Statistics Public Use Database, but are available in SEER databases. Additionally, SEER-funded central cancer registries submit their data to SEER on November 1, while NPCR’s submission deadline is November 30. Central cancer registries that receive funding from both SEER and NPCR may report additional cases to NPCR.