To analyze your cancer data in SEER*Stat, follow these basic steps:

  1. Download and install SEER*Prep.
  2. Using your own data management software and resources, create text or compressed text files containing your data according to the specifications outlined in Input File Formats.
  3. Use the Verify Data function in SEER*Prep to identify inconsistencies and formatting errors. It will not identify all problems in the data and is not intended to replace quality control measures taken in step 2 when creating your data files.
  4. Use the Create File function in SEER*Prep to create the SEER*Stat database.
  5. Closely examine the report generated by SEER*Prep. Correct any problems and repeat steps 3 and 4, if necessary.
  6. Start SEER*Stat. Your new database will be available in the list of databases on the Data Tab (for the appropriate sessions).

Detailed Tutorials

The following examples provide detailed instructions using examples with two of the available input formats.