Goals of the SEER Program

The goals of the SEER Program are to:

  • Collect complete and accurate data on all cancers diagnosed among residents of geographic areas covered by SEER cancer registries.
  • Conduct a continual quality control and quality improvement program to ensure the collection of high quality data.
  • Periodically report on the cancer burden as it relates to cancer incidence and mortality, and patient survival overall and in selected segments of the population.
  • Identify unusual changes and differences in the patterns of occurrence of specific forms of cancer in population subgroups defined by geographic, demographic, and social characteristics.
  • Describe temporal changes in cancer incidence, mortality, extent of disease at diagnosis (stage), therapy, and patient survival as they may relate to the impact of cancer prevention and control interventions.
  • Monitor the occurrence of possible iatrogenic cancers, i.e., cancers that are caused by cancer therapy.
  • Collaborate with other organizations on cancer surveillance activities, including the CDC’s National Program of Cancer RegistriesExternal Web Site Policy and North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR)External Web Site Policy.
  • Serve as a research resource to the National Cancer InstituteExternal Web Site Policy providing for the conduct of studies that address issues dealing with cancer prevention and control as well as Program and registry operations.
  • Provide research resources to the general research community including a research data file each year, and software to facilitate the analysis of the database.
  • Provide training materials and web-based training resources to the cancer registry community.