Geographic Information Systems & Science for Cancer Control

NCI GIS Portal is a web-based station for interactive mapping and visualization of cancer related geo-spatial data. The portal combines Geographic Information Science (GIS) principles and tools to harmonize relatively large and multi-dimensional datasets, including population-based cancer statistics and behavioral, environmental, clinical, socioeconomic, and policy data.

Rural-Urban Disparities in Cancer

Evidence shows that rural residents face serious disadvantage related to socioeconomic deprivation and limited access to quality healthcare relative to urban residents.

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Cancer Continuum: Etiology, Prevention, Detection, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Survivorship

Spatial Context of Cancer

The spatial context in which people live is an important factor in cancer etiology and outcomes influencing a person’s risk of developing cancer, accessibility and quality of preventive and treatment services, and quality of life after surviving cancer.

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Featured Geospatial Tools

Featuring interactive mapping and visualization of cancer related geo-spatial data.

NCI Cancer Atlas

An interactive digital atlas that enables users to generate geographic maps of cancer rates, risk factors for cancer, screening statistics, and other geographically based data related to cancer.

Cancer Map Stories

A set of narratives that use map-based explanations to explore various cancer-related topics.

Animated Historical Cancer Atlas

A tool that allows the users to animate smoothed age-adjusted death rates over time and view them at the national or state level.

Tobacco Policy Viewer

An interactive web resource for mapping, query, and download of historical smoke-free policy data in the United States.