Toward Precision
Cancer Surveillance



In November 2020, NCI’s Cancer Trends Progress Report (CTPR), an online summary of trends in US cancer control measures, was updated with new incidence and mortality data from the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The CTPR provides cancer rates and trends for the US public and focuses on key measures of progress along the cancer control continuum: prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, life after diagnosis, and end of life. Many of the measures shown in the report are identical to those presented in Healthy People 2020, a comprehensive set of 10-year health objectives for the nation sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2030 targets will be featured in the next... Read more

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Cancer is a major health burden, with an estimated 1,688,780 new diagnoses in 2017. Between the difficulty of receiving a cancer diagnosis and the complexity of cancer data, patients and loved ones may have difficulty interpreting cancer information. The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) “Did You Know?” video series breaks down cancer statistics in layman’s terms and includes easy-to-understand charts and graphs.

The “Did You Know?” video series was created through a partnership between NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and the NCI Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL). In under 5 minutes, each “Did You Know?” video discusses a specific cancer type, such as bladder cancer, or a cancer-related topic, such as cancer survivorship. Each video presents statistics that include numbers, rates, and trends in new diagnoses, 5-year survival trends, and mortality rates and trends. The statistics are given for different racial and ethnic... Read more