Data & Software for Researchers

About the SEER Data

SEER research data is released every Spring based on the previous November's submission of data. The current release includes data for cases diagnosed between 1973-2011, and is based on the November 2013 data submission from 18 SEER registries, who contribute cases from different years of diagnoses based on when they joined the SEER program. For more information, see Registry Groupings for Analyses and Population Characteristics.

Use SEER data to address multiple issues, for example:

  • Examine stage at diagnosis by race/ethnicity.
  • Calculate survival by stage at diagnosis, age at diagnosis, and grade or size of tumor.
  • Determine trends and incidence rates of cancers at various sites over time.

Other Datasets

Several data sources are used in calculating and reporting cancer statistics. Additional datasets are available including: Standard Population Data, U.S. Mortality Data, and U.S. Population Data.

Statistical Software

SEER*Stat version 8.1.5 (3/31/2014)
Statistical software that provides a convenient, intuitive mechanism for the analysis of SEER and other cancer-related databases. It is a powerful personal computer tool to produce statistics for studying the impact of cancer on a population.
SEER*Prep software version 2.5.2 (3/28/2013)
Software that converts user-supplied ASCII text data files to the SEER*Stat database format, allowing analysis of population-based registry data using SEER*Stat.
Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc) version 1.2.4 (10/29/2013)
An extension of SEER*Stat designed to generate multiple summary measures to evaluate and monitor health disparities.

There are several Analytic Software tools that have been developed for the analysis and reporting of cancer statistics.

Documentation & Recodes

The Data Documentation & Variable Recodes provide information related to reporting and using SEER data and other data sets.

SEER Linked Datasets

Download the printable Accessing SEER Data fact sheet [PDF - 1.3 MB].