SEER Cause of Death Recode

For reporting of cancer mortality data, SEER has defined major site groups based on the International Classification of Diseases versions 6-10 for year of death 1950+ and 8-10 for year of death 1969+. The site groupings are defined consistently over time to facilitate reporting of long term trends.

Version Details
Current Definitions
COD Recode 1969+
(04/16/2012)
  • Introduced because ICD-10 code, A09, moved from "Other Infectious and Parasitic Diseases" to "Other Causes of Death"
  • Definition includes both cancer and non-cancer causes of death
  • Based on ICD 8-10
  • Definition for the SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2009, and later releases
  • Definition for the "COD to Site Recode" variable in the 1973-2009 SEER Research Data (November 2011 submission) and later releases.
  • Definition for the "Cause of Death Recode" variable in the 1969-2009 US Mortality Data, and later releases
  • Available as "Cause of Death Recode" in SEER*Prep 2.5 and later releases (not available in previous versions)
COD Recode 1950+
(4/15/2002)
  • Definition only includes cancer causes of death
  • Based on ICD 6-10
  • Definition for the SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2001, 1975-2000, and 1973-1999
  • Not available in SEER*Prep
Historic Definitions
COD Recode 1969+
(9/17/2004)
  • Introduced to account for several valid ICD-10 codes
  • Definition includes both cancer and non-cancer causes of death
  • Based on ICD 8-10
  • Definition for the SEER Cancer Statistics Review,1975-2002 through the 1975-2008 versions
  • Definition for the "COD to Site Recode" variable in the 1973-2002 SEER Research Data (November 2004 submission) through the 1973-2008 releases.
  • Definition for the "Cause of Death Recode" variable in the 1969-2005 US Mortality Data through the 1969-2008 releases
  • Available as "Cause of Death Recode" in SEER*Prep 2.3 and later (not available in previous versions)

COD Recode 1969+
(3/25/2004)

  • Introduced to more consistently define several non-cancer causes of death over time
  • Definition includes both cancer and non-cancer causes of death
  • Based on ICD 8-10
  • Definition for the SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2001
  • Definition for the "COD to Site Recode" variable in the 1973-2001 SEER Research Data (November 2003 submission)
  • Definition for the "Cause of Death Recode" variable in the 1969-2001 US Mortality Data available in SEER*Stat
  • Available as "Cause of Death Recode" in SEER*Prep 2.2 and later (not available in previous versions)
COD Recode 1969+
(1/27/2003)
  • Introduced to be compatible with changes to SEER Incidence Site Recode needed to accommodate ICD-O-3
  • Definition includes both cancer and non-cancer causes of death
  • Based on ICD 8-10
  • Definition for the SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2000
  • Definition for the "Cause of Death to SEER Site Recode" variable in the 1973-2000 SEER Research Data (November 2002 submission)
  • Definition for the "Cause of Death Recode" variable in the 1969-2000 US Mortality Data available in SEER*Stat
  • Not available in SEER*Prep 2.2 and later
  • Available as "Cause of Death Recode" in SEER*Prep 2.0 and 2.1 (not available in previous versions)
COD Recode 1969+
(4/15/2002)
  • Definition includes both cancer and non-cancer causes of death
  • Based on ICD 8-10
  • Definition for the SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1973-1999
  • Definition for the "Cause of death to SEER Site Recode" variable in the 1973-1999 SEER Research Data (November 2001 submission)
  • Definition for the "Cause of Death Recode" variable in the 1969-1999 US Mortality Data available in SEER*Stat
  • Not available in SEER*Prep 2.2 and later
  • Available as "Cause of death recode (old-4/2002)" in SEER*Prep 2.0 and 2.1
  • Available as "Cause of death recode" in SEER*Prep 1.9