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Cancer Surveillance and Epidemiology in the United States and Puerto Rico, 1973-1977

Resource Type
Dataset : clinical data, and administrative records data
  • National Cancer Institute
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cancer; demographic characteristics; disease; epidemiology; medical evaluation; morbidity; mortality rates
  • Abstract

    This dataset was produced as part of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program to monitor the incidence of cancer and cancer survival rates in the United States, thus carrying out the mandates of the National Cancer Act. The SEER Program had several objectives: to estimate the annual cancer incidence in the United States, to examine trends in cancer patient survival, to identify cancer etiologic factors, and to monitor trends in the incidence of cancer in selected geographic areas with respect to demographic and social characteristics. Data collection began in 1973, and by 1977 had a population base of 11 geographic areas in the United States and Puerto Rico. SEER variables include patient demographic information (age, sex, race, birthplace, marital status, census tract) and information on cancer, which was gathered from hospitals, clinics, private laboratories, private practitioners, nursing/convalescent homes, autopsies, and death certificates. The medical data cover histologic type, anatomic site, laterality, multiplicity within primary site at first diagnosis, diagnostic procedures, diagnostic confirmation, sequence of the tumor, extent of the disease, treatment of the lesion, and outcome.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data
    • DS2: Frequencies
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973 / 1977
    Time period: 1973--1977
  • 1973 / 1977
    Collection date: 1973--1977
Geographic Coverage
  • Puerto Rico
  • United States
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Cancer patients diagnosed each year, and cumulatively, over the five-year period 1973-1977, in the United States.
The registry, by 1977, encompassed 12 percent of the United States population and collected data on 100 percent of cancer diagnoses in 11 SEER locales: six states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, New Mexico, Utah), four metropolitan areas (Detroit, Atlanta, Seattle-Puget Sound, and San Francisco-Oakland), and Puerto Rico.
Collection Mode
  • The age at first diagnosis was 0-18 years (N = 5,212), 19-34 years (N = 26,366), 35-54 years (N = 78,428), 55-64 years (N = 88,426), 65-74 years (N = 95,619), 75-84 years (N = 66,327), and 85+ years (N = 20,648).

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8001 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08001.v1
  • Caplan, Lee S., Wells, Barbara L., Haynes, Suzanne. Breast cancer screening among older racial/ethnic minorities and whites: Barriers to early detection. Journal of Gerontology.47, 101 -1992.
  • Young, J.L., Jr., Pollack, F.S.. The incidence of cancer in the United States. Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.Philadelphia, PA: Saunders. 1982.
  • Cutler, S.J., Young, J.L., Jr.. Demographic patterns of cancer incidence in the United States. Persons at High Risk of Cancer: An Approach to Cancer Etiology and Control.New York: Academic Press. 1975.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

National Cancer Institute (1984): Cancer Surveillance and Epidemiology in the United States and Puerto Rico, 1973-1977. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.