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Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER)


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Surveillance Research Program, Cancer Statistics Branch.


The SEER Program of the National Cancer Institute is the most authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States.

The SEER Program currently collects and publishes cancer incidence and survival data from 12 population-based cancer registries and three supplemental registries covering approximately 14 percent of the U.S. population. Geographic areas were selected for inclusion in the SEER Program based on their ability to operate and maintain a high-quality population-based cancer reporting system and for their epidemiologically significant population subgroups.

SEER population data:

The county population estimates implemented in the NCI SEER*Stat software for the calculation of cancer incidence and mortality rates represent a modification of the annual time series of July 1 county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin produced by the Population Estimates Program of the US Census Bureau with support from the NCI through an interagency agreement.

Primary Survey Content

Patient demographics, primary tumor site, morphology, stage at diagnosis, first course of treatment, and follow-up for vital status.

Population Targeted

Age adjusted 2000 U.S. standard million population. For population modification, see

Demographic Data

Age, sex, race, year of diagnosis, and geographic areas.

Years Collected

Since 1973.



Geographic Estimates

National and the States with registries.

Contact Information

Agency homepage:

Data system homepage:


Ries LAG, Eisner MP, Kosary CL, Hankey BF, Miller BA, Clegg L, Mariotto A, Feuer EJ, Edwards BK (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2002, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD,, based on November 2004 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER website 2005.



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