Articles Tagged ‘death’

Keeping Tabs on Cancer Rates

Three women huddled around a computer screen, surrounded by SEER publications

The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer that was released today shows continued declines in both the rate of new cancer cases and the rate of cancer deaths in the United States over the past several years. The incidence data used in the report were gathered from population-based cancer registries that participate in the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, and/or the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). Information on mortality rates comes from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This article explores the role of population-based cancer registries.

A Quick Guide to Finding Cancer Statistics

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, per 1000 Mammograms

To find the latest cancer statistics, consult the Cancer Statistics Review (CSR), a database published annually by the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Understanding Cancer Statistics

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, per 1000 Mammograms

This issue of BenchMarks offers a variety of information on cancer statistics and what they mean. The video button will bring you an archived Webcast of the National Cancer Institute’s September 2, 2003, Science Writers Seminar, “New Cancer Statistics: Making Them Relevant to Your Readers.” The seminar presents the just-released cancer statistics from the “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2000″ and discusses how screening and treatment affect cancer trends and how to find state and county statistics.

BenchMarks’ main feature is an interview with Martin Brown, Ph.D., chief of NCI’s Health Services and Economics Branch. Dr. Brown measures, through surveys, how widely screening and treatment advances are used in various populations and how this use influences cancer statistics. Soundbites from the interview appear in “Audio Clips.” “Photos/Stills” depicts results from several surveillance surveys. Accompanying Dr. Brown’s interview is a primer that describes various cancer statistics and guides viewers to where they can be found. It also includes links to the latest annual report.