About the SEER Program

The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute provides information on cancer statistics in an effort to reduce the cancer burden among the U.S. population. SEER is supported by the Surveillance Research Program, which provides national leadership in the science of cancer surveillance as well as analytical tools and methodological expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and disseminating reliable population-based statistics.

For an in-depth look at SEER, read our program overview, or take a look at our fact sheets & brochures.

SEER Registries

SEER collects data on cancer cases from various locations and sources throughout the United States. Data collection began in 1973 with a limited number of registries and continues to expand to include even more areas and demographics today.

Research Activities

The Surveillance Research Program (SRP) supports several research areas. These include special studies addressing topical issues in cancer prevention and control and databases that assist in epidemiologic and health services research pertaining to the elderly. Learn more about SRP-supported research activities.

In addition, SEER registries can be used to identify and recruit patients for epidemiologic research studies. Learn more.

SEER Quality Improvement

Quality improvement is an integral part of the SEER Program's activities and it is dedicated to improving data quality by performing rigorous quality control studies and various data assessments.