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About State Cancer Profiles

The objective of the State Cancer Profiles Web site is to provide a system to characterize the cancer burden in a standardized manner in order to motivate action, integrate surveillance into cancer control planning, characterize areas and demographic groups, and expose health disparities. The focus is on cancer sites for which there are evidence based control interventions. Interactive graphics and maps provide visual support for deciding where to focus cancer control efforts.

The target audiences are health planners, policy makers, and cancer information providers who need quick and easy access to descriptive cancer statistics in order to prioritize investments in cancer control. Epidemiologists may find this site useful for exploring cancer statistics to identify research opportunities. The Links section provides alternative resources for cancer and health statistics. In particular, Finding Cancer StatisticsExternal Web Site Policy provides an introduction to cancer statistics and a guide to resources.

The Profiles Web site brings together data that are collected from public health surveillance systems by using either their published reports or public use files. The data may appear dated but it is the most recent that has completed the national data synthesis and quality assurance processes. Many states provide Web sites with just their state's data. This data may be more recent or in more detail than can be provided nationally.

For more information about the web site, here is a brochure.

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Site History/Release Schedule


June 2017


February 2017


December 2016

  • New screening and risk factor data were added.
    • BRFSS (sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionExternal Web Site Policy) - includes these screening & risk factor categories: Diet & Exercise and Smoking.
    • Youth data for obesity and overweight were updated. These data are provided by YRBSSExternal Web Site Policy.

  • November 2016

    • The label "Uterus" was replaced with "Uterus (Corpus & Uterus, NOS)" throughout the website to better reflect the data that it represents. The statistics were not changed, only the label.

    October 2016


    July 2016

    • Incidence data for diagnosis year 2013 were added for state and metropolitan area central cancer registries from data submitted to the National Cancer Institute'sExternal Web Site Policy Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy in November 2015. These data were also released in the Cancer Statistics ReviewExternal Web Site Policy.
    • US Cancer Statistics: 2013 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2013 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in November 2015 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Updated death data through 2013 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Demographics data were updated.
      • Small Area Health Insurance Data were updated through 2014.
      • American Community Survey data were updated for 2010-2014.
    • Prevalence Projections were updated to show only 2016 data.
    • Updated data on smoking laws. This data is provided by Americans for Nonsmokers' RightsExternal Web Site Policy and is available in the Screening and Risk Factors Table.

    April 2016


    February 2016

  • New screening and risk factor data were added.

  • January 2016


    October 2015


    August 2015


    July 2015


    January 2015

    • Updated data on smoking laws. This data is provided by Americans for Nonsmokers' RightsExternal Web Site Policy and is available in the Screening and Risk Factors Table.
    • Youth data for obesity and overweight were added. This data is provided by YRBSSExternal Web Site Policy and is available in the Screening and Risk Factors Table and the Interactive Map.

    December 2014


    September 2014

    • Incidence data for diagnosis year 2011 were added for state and metropolitan area central cancer registries from data submitted to the National Cancer Institute'sExternal Web Site Policy Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy in November 2013. These data were also released in the Cancer Statistics ReviewExternal Web Site Policy.
    • US Cancer Statistics: 2011 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2011 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in November 2013 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Updated death data through 2011 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy.
    • New screening and risk factor data were added.
    • Demographics data were updated.
      • Small Area Health Insurance Data were updated through 2012
      • American Community Survey data were updated for 2008-2012.
    • Prevalence Projections were updated to show only 2014 and 2015 data.
    • The web site was redesigned to further enhance the user experience.

    January 2014


    October 2013


    August 2013


    July 2013

    • Incidence data for diagnosis year 2010 were added for state and metropolitan area central cancer registries from data submitted to the National Cancer Institute'sExternal Web Site Policy Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy in November 2012. These data were also released in the Cancer Statistics ReviewExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Updated death data through 2010 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Peer Counties data through 2010 have been updated.
    • US Cancer Statistics: 2010 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2010 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in November 2012 by state health departments or their designees.
    • New screening and risk factor data, provided by BRFSS (sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionExternal Web Site Policy) were added. This new data is available by race/ethnicity and includes these screening & risk factors: BMI (normal and obese), No Physical Activity, and Smoking (current smokers and ever smoked 100 cigarettes). Smoking data from Tobacco Use SupplementExternal Web Site Policy of the Current Population Survey from the National Cancer InstituteExternal Web Site Policy were also updated.
    • Prevalence Projections were updated to show only 2013 and 2015 data. Data for All Sites were added.

    May 2013


    January 2013


    June 2012


    April 2012


    January 2012

    • Updated data on smoking laws. This data is provided by Americans for Nonsmokers' RightsExternal Web Site Policy and is available in the Screening and Risk Factors Table.
    • Updated death data through 2008 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Small Area Estimates were added to the web site. These estimates are only available for Mammography, Pap Smear, current, or ever smokers. They are available for states and counties. For more information see the Data Type Explanation page.
    • Screening and Risk Factor data were added to the Interactive Maps section of the web site. This now allows users to map screening and risk factor data for the entire United States by state or county as well as map the screening and risk factor data for counties in one state (when possible).

    August 2011


    August 2010

    • US Cancer Statistics: 2007 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2007 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in January 2010 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Updated death data through 2007 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Screening and Risk Factors has been updated with new 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. This includes new data for smoking, fruit and vegetable servings, obesity, and physical activity.
    • Prevalence Projections were updated to show only 2010 and 2015 data.
    • Peer Counties data through 2007 have been updated.

    May 2010


    October 2009

    • New 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data were added to the web site.
    • US Cancer Statistics: 2006 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2006 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in January 2009 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Incidence data for diagnosis year 2006 were added for state and metropolitan area central cancer registries from data submitted to the National Cancer Institute'sExternal Web Site Policy Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy in November 2008. These data were also released in the Cancer Statistics ReviewExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Updated death data through 2006 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Demographics: Ages 40+ and 50+ were added to the Demographic Data Table.
    • Trends: Recent trends are now AAPCs based on APCs calculated by the Joinpoint Regression ProgramExternal Web Site Policy where enough data is available. Otherwise EAPCs, calculated in SEER*Stat, are used.

    April 2009

    • New 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data were added to the web site. This includes new data for smoking, fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, and weight.
    • US Cancer Statistics: 2005 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2005 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in January 2008 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Breast Cancer Prevalence Projections were added to the web site. This web site provides estimates and projections of cancer prevalence for all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (D.C.), based on a statistical method that uses state-specific mortality data and cancer survival. The prevalence statistics presented are prevalence counts, prevalence percents and age-adjusted prevalence percents. For an overview of methods and definitions refer to https://surveillance.cancer.gov/software/prevalence.htmlExternal Web Site Policy.

    October 2008


    December 2007

    • US Cancer Statistics: 2004 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2004 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in January 2007 by state health departments or their designees.

    July 2007

    • US Cancer Statistics: 2003 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2003 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in January 2006 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Incidence data for diagnosis year 2004 were added for state and metropolitan area central cancer registries from data submitted to the National Cancer Institute'sExternal Web Site Policy Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy in November 2006. These data were also released in the Cancer Statistics ReviewExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Updated death data through 2004 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy.
    • New 2005 and 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data were added to the web site.

    January 2007

    • Incidence data were added to the Interactive Maps section of the web site. This now allows users to map incidence rates for the entire United States by state or county as well as map the incidence rates for counties in one state.
    • Expanded Census Data was added to the new Demographic Data section of the web site. This section of the web site allows users to view data on education, income, migration, population characteristics, poverty, urban/rural and workforce characteristics. The Demographic Data section replaces the previous "Age Distribution" section.

    May 2006

    • US Cancer Statistics: 2002 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2002 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in January 2005 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Incidence data for diagnosis year 2003 were added for state and metropolitan area central cancer registries from data submitted to the National Cancer Institute'sExternal Web Site Policy Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy in November 2005. These data were also released in the Cancer Statistics ReviewExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Updated death data through 2003 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy. In addition, county data for Alaska is being reported on this web site for the first time.
    • The "Latest Rates, Percents and Counts" section of the web site has been renamed to: "Comparative Data Display". The functionality is the same as it was previously.
    • The race/ethnicity labels were modified to be more descriptive on the Web site. How the race/ethnicity groups are defined did not change.

    February 2006

    • New 2003 and 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data were added to the web site. This includes new data for Clinical Breast Exam, Sigmoidoscopy or Colonoscopy in the last 5 and 10 years as well as a combination test: Home Blood Stool Test Used in the Past Year or Sigmoidoscopy or Colonoscopy in the last 5 years.

    May 2005

    • US Cancer Statistics: 2001 Incidence data for diagnosis year 2001 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in January 2004 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Incidence data for diagnosis year 2002 were added for state and metropolitan area central cancer registries from data submitted to the National Cancer Institute'sExternal Web Site Policy Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy in November 2004. These data were also released in the Cancer Statistics ReviewExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Updated death data through 2002 were added by data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy.
    • A new section, Interactive Maps, was been added to the web site. This new section allows users to map death rates for the entire United States by state or county as well as map the death rates for counties in one state.

    July 2004

    • Childhood cancer was added to the Web site. This includes all cancers for Ages 0-14 and Ages 0-19.

    April 2004

    • US Cancer Statistics: 2001 Incidence dataExternal Web Site Policy for diagnosis year 2000 were added for data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) from data submitted to NPCR-CSS in January 2003 by state health departments or their designees.
    • Incidence data for diagnosis year 2001 were added for state and metropolitan area central cancer registries from data submitted to the National Cancer Institute'sExternal Web Site Policy Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) ProgramExternal Web Site Policy in November 2003. These data were also released in the Cancer Statistics ReviewExternal Web Site Policy.
    • Updated death data through 2001 were added for data provided by the National Vital Statistics SystemExternal Web Site Policy public use data file was added.
    • Additional cancer sites, including:
      • Brain & ONS
      • Breast (Female in situ)
      • Childhood (Ages <15, All Sites)
      • Childhood (Ages <20, All Sites)
      • Esophagus
      • Kidney & Renal Pelvis
      • Leukemia
      • Liver & Bile Duct
      • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
      • Ovary
      • Pancreas
      • Stomach
      • Thyroid
      • Uterus
      were added to the Web site.
    Date Revision Affected Sections and Statistics
    5/2017

    The methodology used for the county-level modeled screening & risk factor estimates was changed.

    The data affected were:

    • Percents

    The old version of these percents were on the web site from February 2016 until May, 2017

    For more information on the methodology please visit Model-based Small Area Estimates of Cancer Risk Factors and Screening BehaviorsExternal Web Site Policy.

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Data in:
    Screening & Risk Factor Report, Interactive Map, and Quick Profiles

    4/24/2017

    There was an error in the counts for Arkansas data for Asian-Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, White Hispanics, and White Non-Hispanics. These data are now suppressed.

    The errors were present in the following statistics:

    • Rates
    • Trends

    These data were incorrect on the web site from July 2016 until April 24th, 2017

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Data in:
    Incidence Rates Report, Interactive Map, Quick Profiles, and 5-Year Rate Changes

    8/11/2015

    There was an error in the presentation of the Current Smokers and Ever Smoked data on the Quick Profile. Accurate data was available on the Interactive Map and the Screening & Risk Factors Report.

    The errors were present in the following statistics:

    • Current Smokers, Ages 18+, 2008-2010
    • Ever Smoked, Ages 18+, 2008-2010

    These data were incorrect on the web site from July 2015 until August 11th, 2015

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Data in:
    Quick Profiles

    3/11/2015

    There was an error in the calculation of the mortality rates. The underlying populations were incorrect for 4 boroughs in Alaska.

    The errors were present in the following statistics throughout the site:

    • Mortality Rates for Total US, Alaska and the following Alaska Boroughs:
    • Ketchikan Gateway Borough
      Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area
      Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area
      Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area

    These data were incorrect on the web site from September 2014 until March 11th, 2015

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Data in:
    Interactive Maps, Rate/Trend by State/County, Rate/Trend by Cancer, and Death Rates Table.

    10/9/2013

    There was an error in the screening and risk factor data. The data labeled as "FOBT in last year and/or flex sig in last 5 years and FOBT in last 3 years and/or colonoscopy in last 10 years" was actually data for "Sigmoidoscopy in the Past 5 Years or Colonoscopy in the Past 10 Years."

    The errors were present in the following statistics throughout the site:

    • Screening and risk factor data

    These data were incorrect on the web site from January 2013 until October 9th, 2013.

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Data in:
    Screening and Risk Factors Table and Interactive Maps.

    8/5/2013

    There was an error in the incidence data. The data for the "unknown county" was omitted from the following:

    • Total US - missing unknown counties for these states: KS, MA, ND, OR, UT, WV
    • Kansas
    • Massachusetts
    • North Dakota
    • Oregon
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin

    The errors were present in the following statistics throughout the site:

    • Rates and recent trends

    These data were incorrect on the web site from July 2013 until August 5th, 2013.

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Rates in:
    Incidence Rates Table and Interactive Maps.

    Trends in:
    5-Year Rate Changes

    8/5/2013

    County level incidence data for Virginia were removed from the web site while the data is being researched for accuracy.

    The data were present in the following statistics throughout the site:

    • Rates and recent trends

    These data were incorrect on the web site from July 2013 until August 5th, 2013.

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Rates in:
    Incidence Rates Table and Interactive Maps.

    1/25/2012

    There was an error in the incidence data for the following races/ethnicities:

    • White Non-Hispanic
    • Hispanic (any race)

    and the following registries:

    • Greater California
    • Los Angeles
    • San Francisco-Oakland
    • San Jose-Monterey
    • California
    • SEER 9 Combined Registries

    The errors were present in the following statistics throughout the site:

    • Rates, AAPCs, recent trends, and historical trends

    These data were incorrect on the web site from August 2011 until January 25, 2012. For more information please see Updates to SEER DataExternal Web Site Policy. If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Rates in:
    Incidence Rates Table and Interactive Maps.

    Trends in:
    5-Year Rate Changes

    Rates and Trends in:
    Historical Trends.

    1/25/2012

    Incidence data for Wisconsin were updated from the state registry. This new data affects both Wisconsin and Total U.S. statistics. The revised data are present in the following statistics:

    • Rates and EAPCs

    These data were incorrect on the web site from August 2011 until January 25, 2012. If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Rates in:
    Incidence Rates Table and Interactive Maps.

    Trends in:
    5-Year Rate Changes

    11/18/2011

    The demographic data were mis-labeled for the following variables:

    • Population: Age Under 18

    The data was mistakenly labeled Population: Age 18 and Under. These data were incorrect on the web site from 2007 until November 18, 2011. If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Demographic data in:
    Demographic Data Table and the related dictionary entry.

    11/18/2011

    There was an error in the total US mortality data for the following races/ethnicities:

    • American Indian/Alaskan Native
    • Asian-Pacific Islander
    • White Non-Hispanic
    • Hispanic (any race)

    The errors were present in the following statistics throughout the site:

    • AAPCs, recent trends, and historical trends
    • Yearly rates shown on the Historical Trends Graph

    These data were incorrect on the web site from August 2010 until November 18, 2011. The statistics for individual states and counties were correct. If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Trends in:
    Rate/Trend by State/County, Rate/Trend by Cancer, and Death Rates Table.

    Rates and Trends in:
    Historical Trends.

    3/10/2010

    The percent and number of respondents with screening or risk factor was incorrect for all of the following screening variables:

    • Fecal occult blood test within past year
    • Fecal occult blood test within past year and/or sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy within past 5 years
    • Fecal occult blood test within past year and/or sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy within past 10 years
    • Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy within past 5 years
    • Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy within past 10 years

    These data were incorrect on the web site from October 2009 until March 10, 2010. If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at stateprofiles@imsweb.com.

    Screening and Risk Factors in:
    Screening and Risk Factors Table.

    8/16/2007

    The confidence intervals for death rates statistics for all races (combined) were based on the Fay/Feuer method. The confidence intervals were updated to use the Tiwari method to be consistent with rest of the web site (including the race subgroups).

    In general, the change was made to use the Tiwari method because the modifications of the gamma (rates) and F intervals (rate ratios) in the Tiwari method are more efficient in the sense that they have empirical coverage probabilities less than or equal to their counterparts and also retain the nominal level.

    Tiwari RC, Clegg LX, Zou Z. Efficient interval estimation for age-adjusted cancer rates. Stat Methods Med Res 2006 Dec;15(6):547-69.

    Fay MP, Feuer EJ. Confidence intervals for directly standardized rates: a method based on the gamma distribution. Stat Med 1997 Apr 15;16(7):791-801.

    Fay MP. Approximate confidence intervals for rate ratios from directly standardized rates with sparse data. Communications in Statistics: Theory and Methods 28(9),2141-60.

    Upper confidence intervals for all races (combined) in the:
    Death Rates Table, Interactive Maps, Rate/Trend by State/County, and Rate/Trend by Cancer.

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