ACS web tool monitors statistics |

ACS web tool monitors statistics

Carol Roder
American Cancer Society

Last month the American Cancer Society launched a new web tool to make it easier for reporters, the public and those involved in the cancer fight to find and share cancer statistics.

The Cancer Statistics Center ( uses data from the Society’s annual Cancer Facts & Figures report and Cancer Statistics article (published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians), as well as much, much more data, to create a comprehensive interactive resource to help the public learn about the cancer burden in the United States.

The mobile and tablet friendly Cancer Statistics Center website creates a brand new way for readers to explore, interact with, and share cancer statistics. It provides detailed statistics on a range of topics including:

Estimated new cancer cases and deaths by sex, state, and cancer type in the current year

Current cancer incidence, mortality, and survival rates and trends for individual cancer sites

Risk factors (e.g.: smoking, obesity) and screening rates by state

The website can be used to:

View and download maps, graphs, and charts

Create custom downloadable maps, graphs, and charts

Export data to Excel

Share specific statistics that are important to readers

“We are thrilled to offer this simple-to-use interactive solution for finding important cancer data quickly and easily; a tool we think even those who are most averse to numbers, statistics, and data will find easy to use,” said Rebecca Siegel, MPH, strategic director of surveillance for the American Cancer Society and co-creator of the site. “We estimate there are more than 14,000 data points included in this framework, with all of the data made easily customizable and ready to insert into presentations and news stories.”

The Cancer Statistics Center website aims to serve the needs of cancer control advocates, journalists, government and private public health agencies, and policy makers, as well as patients, survivors and the general public, in order to promote cancer prevention and control.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit