Geospatial Analysis of Cancer Registry Data, Perspectives from US and Canada

Recorded On: 05/02/2022

Identifying geospatial cancer survival disparities is critical to focus interventions and prioritize efforts with limited resources. Incorporating residential mobility into spatial models may result in different geographic patterns of survival compared with the standard approach using a single location based on the patient's residence at the time of diagnosis. In the presentation, we describe the process of linking residential histories from LexisNexis to New Jersey colon cancer cases and describe results from our geospatial analysis of colon cancer survival that included residential histories.  


Jonathan Simkin, MPH

Scientific Director

British Columbia Cancer Registry, BC Cancer, Provincial Health Services Authority

Jonathan Simkin is the Scientific Director of the British Columbia (BC) Cancer Registry, BC Cancer, Provincial Health Services Authority located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He completed a Master’s of Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Population and Public Health, UBC. His research focuses on applications of geospatial methods to cancer surveillance and population oncology research. Jonathan has worked at cancer registries since 2015, previously working with the Yukon Cancer Registry as a Cancer Epidemiologist.

Kevin Henry, PhD, MA

Associate Professor

Temple University

KevinHenry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and UrbanStudies at Temple University and a member of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s CancerPrevention and Control program. He is a medical geographer, and his researchand teaching focus on describing and understanding place-based and geographicdisparities in health and disease, with a specific emphasis on appliedgeographic methods and the role geographic factors play in cancer outcomes andprevention.  https://medicalgeography.us/ 

Daniel Wiese, PhD

Senior Scientist, Adjunct Assistant Professor

American Cancer Society; Temple University

Daniel Wiese, PhD is a senior scientist at the American Cancer Society and adjunct assistant professor at Temple University. He is a medical geographer with main research focus on geographic cancer disparities. His expertise is in the application of spatial analytic tools using GIS and remote sensing modeling techniques. He has conducted research on how social and environmental neighborhood factors may influence individual and populational health outcomes,   including several cancer types. 

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