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US and Global Cancer Rates: Links

BCERF provides these links as a service to our web users. Providing links to web sites does not constitute endorsement of the sites by the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors.

If you are looking for New York State information, please go to the New York State Cancer Rates: Links page.

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American Cancer Society
Statistics for cancer occurrence, including the number of deaths, cases, and how long people survive after diagnosis. Also data regarding behaviors that influence the risk of developing cancer and the use of screening tests.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), United States Cancer Statistics
Collaboration by the CDC, National Cancer Institute, and North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. Web-based book of official, federal statistics on cancer incidence. Reports are available from 1999-2001. Order print version from web site.

The National Cancer Institutes, NCI's Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United States
Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United States provides interactive maps, graphs, text, tables, and figures about cancer trends (both geographic and time-related) from 1950-1994 for over forty cancers.

National Cancer Institute, Research Overview
Statistical tables, maps, and graphs, reports, available tools, and data sources. Includes information about finding particular information and matching tools to queries.

The National Cancer Institute, Factbook
NCI Fact Books exist for years back to 1993. In the Fact Book, in the Cancer Statistics section, are tables covering subjects such as new cancer cases and estimated survival rates. Fact Books are available in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.
To see the list of all Fact Books, click and scroll to the bottom of the page.
To open the PDF of the most recent Fact Book, click

The National Cancer Institute, SEER-Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Database
The SEER Program of the National Cancer Institute collects and publishes cancer incidence and survival data from population-based cancer registries covering 26% of the US population. Site is oriented for use by cancer researchers and epidemiologists.

National Cancer Registrars Association, Fact Sheets
Two fact sheets with overview information about cancer registries and the people who collect data to fill them (cancer registrars).

State Health Departments Online from the FDA
Locate a state health department web site.

Cape Cod Breast Cancer Study
The Silent Spring Institute sponsored study of the elevated rate of breast cancer occurring on Cape Cod. Site provides maps of occurrence, an overview of the area, and more.

North American Association of Cancer Registries (NAACR)
Collaborative organization for cancer registries, governmental agencies, professional associations, and private groups to enhance the quality and use of registry data. Most central cancer registries in the United States and Canada are members. Their web sites are available through the Membership Registries section of the NAACR site.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
USGS site explaining what GIS are, how they work, and ways they can be used.

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International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Research organization with emphasis on epidemiology, environmental carcinogenesis, and research training.

International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR)
Organization devoted to fostering the aims of cancer registries worldwide. Site includes member list of international cancer registries and publications available for order including "Cancer Incidence in Five Continents."

Saudi Arabia, National Cancer Registry (NCR)
Site offers cancer incidence data for Saudi Arabia from 1994-1996.

Public Health Agency of Canada, Cancer Surveillance Online
Interactive maps and charts on incidence of cancer in Canada. Customize views by province/territory, age group, over time, and for 46 cancer sites.

Cancer in Women of Color Monograph
A collaboration between the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH). A comprehensive source of data on cancer in nine populations of women of color.