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The specialized databases have not been updated for the most recent SEER data release, which includes data from the November 2022 data submission. We are still accepting requests for the databases from the November 2016 submission.

Since individuals could report one race in the 1990 Census but multiple races in the 2000 Census, the following methodology was used to produce a consistent set of population denominators.

  • The April Census populations distributions by age, sex and detailed ethnicity of a given geography were applied to the July Census estimates to produce the mid-year estimates.
  • The April 2000 and April 2010 estimates were derived as an average of one race alone count and the count for one race alone or in combination with other races.
  • The 1991-1999 were estimated by a linear interpolation between 1990 and 2000 July estimates.
  • The 2001-2009 were estimated by a linear interpolation between 2000 and 2010 July estimates.
  • The 2011-2014 were estimated by a linear extrapolation of 2000 and 2010 July estimates.
  • Improved population estimates provided by the Hawaii Tumor Registry were used for Hawaii for 1990-2005 and estimated for 2006-2014 based on linear projections from the 2000-2005 data.
  • For a description of April populations and July populations, please refer to U.S. Population Data.

The database is available in the Case Listing, Frequency, and Rate sessions in SEER*Stat for the November 2016 data submission.

For more details see:

Cheng I, Le GM, Noone AM, Gali K, Patel M, Haile RW, Wakelee HA, Gomez SL. Lung cancer incidence trends by histology type among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations in the United States, 1990-2010. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2014 Nov;23(11):2250-65. [PMID: 25368400]

Gomez SL, Noone AM, Lichtensztajn DY, Scoppa S, Gibson JT, Liu L, Morris C, Kwong S, Fish K, Wilkens LR, Goodman MT, Deapen D, Miller BA. Cancer Incidence Trends among Asian American Populations in the United States, 1990 to 2008. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 Aug 7;105(15):1096-110. Epub 2013 Jul 22. [PMID: 23878350]

Liu L, Noone AM, Gomez SL, Scoppa S, Gibson JT, Lichtensztajn D, Fish K, Wilkens LR, Goodman MT, Morris C, Kwong S, Deapen D, Miller BA. Cancer Incidence Trends among Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders in the United States, 1990-2008.J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 Aug 7;105(15):1086-95. Epub 2013 Jul 22. [PMID: 23878354]

Race/Geography Available for Analysis

The following table shows the racial/ethnic group and geographic area combinations that are available for analysis with this database.

Race/Ethnic Group CAa CT HI IA NJ NM UT Atlanta metrob Detroit metrob Seattle-Puget Soundb
x Indicates area was included in rate calculations.
a Includes cancer registries for San Francisco/Oakland, San Jose/Monterey, Los Angeles, and all remaining areas in California combined.
b Indicates number of counties within the 3-county Metropolitan Detroit area, 5-county Metropolitan Atlanta area, and the 13-county Seattle-Puget Sound area for which population estimates were NOT suppressed by the Census Bureau, and thus could be included in the incidence analyses.
c Incidence rates calculated for combined group of Asian Indians & Pakistanis due to SEER program coding rule.
Asian Indian or Pakistanic x x   x x x   3 x 2
Chinese x x x x x x x x x 9
Filipino x x x x x x x x x 11
Japanese x x x x x x x x x 9
Guamanian/Chamorro x x x x x x x     6
Kampuchean x x x x x   x x 1 10
Korean x x x x x x x x x 10
Laotian x x x x x x x x x 7
Native Hawaiian x x x x x x x 1 1 5
Samoan x x x x x x x   1 5
Vietnamese x x x x x x x x x 6

Publication Policy

Researchers must send a copy of any manuscript or book chapter to the prior to submitting it to a journal for review.

The review is to ensure the confidentiality of individuals in the data. The review is not intended to assess the scientific merit of a manuscript. Researchers are not required to submit copies of meeting abstracts or power point presentations for review.