Major changes were made to the SEER data release and authentication processes starting with the 1975-2017 SEER Data. Read the details on Changes in the April 2020 SEER Data Release.

SEER collects cancer incidence data from population-based cancer registries covering approximately 34.6 percent of the U.S. population. The SEER registries collect data on patient demographics, primary tumor site, tumor morphology, stage at diagnosis, and first course of treatment, and they follow up with patients for vital status.

SEER Data Products

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There are now two data products available: SEER Research and SEER Research Plus. This was motivated because of concerns about the increasing risk of re-identifiability of individuals. The Research Plus databases require a more rigorous process for access that includes user authentication through an Institutional account or a multiple-step request process for Non-institutional users. View the FAQ about the account types for more information.

Research Database

Access to 1975-2017 data with exclusions:

  • Excludes geography, month in dates, and other demographic fields

Who Can Access?

  • Institutional users automatically get access with Research Plus?
  • Non-institutional users?

Data Access Steps

  • Complete registration form
    • Initial required agreements
  • Get SEER*Stat username
  • Log into SEER*Stat

Research Plus Database

Access to 1975-2017 data including:

  • Geography, months in dates, other demographic fields, and treatment information

Who Can Access?

  • Institutional users?
  • Non-institutional users with existing Research Database access?

Data Access Steps

  • Complete registration form
    • Initial required agreements
  • Provide signing official
  • For non-institutional users, provide SEER*Stat username
  • For new users, receive SEER*Stat username
  • Log into SEER*Stat

Specialized Databases

  • These include additional fields that SEER collects and makes available through databases that are not part of the standard research data files. For more information, refer to the list of Specialized Databases.
  • To access these databases, users must already have access to the Research Plus data with a valid institutional account and submit a proposal with description of research objectives and analysis plans that will be reviewed for each database requested. 
  • Some specialized databases are only available to researchers inside the U.S.

Request the Research Data

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Start a Request

  • For Institutional users to access the Research Plus data
  • For Non-institutional users to access the Research data or to upgrade current access to Research Plus