Generating Cancer Rates by NAACCR Poverty Code...and then some!

Recorded On: 04/25/2022

This “How To” webinar will introduce participants to newly developed resources to support spatial analysis and health equity research. These resources, which include census tract-level population estimates for the United States, are freely available and developed specifically for using in cancer surveillance. This webinar addresses how to calculate cancer rates in SEER*Stat by tract-level based social measure, such as NAACCR Poverty Code.

How to handle the incidence data, census tract-level population estimates, and the area-based social measures data will be covered step by step.

In the "and then some!" portion of this talk we will demonstrate how to calculate rates by census tract, Cancer Reporting Zones, CDC Sub-County Geographic Area, and multiple area-based social measures with your registry data in SEER*Stat. We encourage staff who work on cancer cluster concerns and other small area rate calculations attend. We particularly encourage staff who run SEER*Prep to attend, as we will detail how to include the census tract population estimates along with your registry data in SEER*Prep. 

This webinar is appropriate for registry analysts, academic researchers, and anyone interested in the use of cancer registry data. 

Christopher Johnson, MPH

Epidemiologist, Idaho SEER Principal Investigator

Cancer Data Registry of Idaho

Chris Johnson has worked as an epidemiologist for the Cancer Data Registry of Idaho, a program of the Idaho Hospital Association, since 1998. Mr. Johnson received a Master of Public Health degree in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, a long time ago. He has been involved with NAACCR since early in his career as a cancer epidemiologist, and his main contributions to NAACCR today are on the Virtual Pooled Registry Cancer Linkage System and as lead editor for the NAACCR Cancer in North America (CiNA) survival and prevalence volumes.

Steve Scoppa, BS

Senior Systems Analyst,

Information Management Services

Steve Scoppa, Senior Systems Analyst at Information Management Services focuses on the design and implementation of biomedical computer systems.  He has extensive experience and expertise in systems design and object-oriented programming, focusing mainly on desktop applications. Mr. Scoppa is a lead developer and designer of several systems, including the SEER*Stat, SEER*Prep, and HD*Calc software.  Mr Scoppa holds a BS in Computer Science from James Madison University.  He has been with IMS since 1990.

Todd Gibson, BS

Senior Systems Analyst

Information Management Services, Inc

James ‘Todd’ Gibson is a Senior Systems Analyst at Information Management Services, Inc.  His work at IMS focuses on data management of biomedical data.  He has extensive experience and expertise with Census Bureau’s population data, The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality data and the Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS).  For the population project, he is involved in various aspects of the project including developing the county and census tract level attribute files, creating population denominator files and providing support to users of the files.  Mr. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Waynesburg College.  He has been with IMS since 1989.