How NCI Uses GIS

Geospatial methods and tools are used in a variety of NCI programs to analyze and visualize geographic variation in cancer incidence and mortality and explore contextual influences on cancer risk.

Supporting Cancer Surveillance Activities

Development of cancer reporting zones – define areas with similar populations by subdividing large counties and aggregating small counties

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Graphic showing an example of reporting zones in California
Graphic showing an example of reporting zones in California
Graphic showing an example of reporting zones in Louisiana
Graphic showing an example of reporting zones in Louisiana

Interactive Cancer Surveillance Geovisualization Tools

Cancer Atlas tool
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Animated Historical Cancer Atlas tool
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Tobacco Policy Viewer tool
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Supporting Extramural Research

Residential histories

Providing methodsExternal Web Site Policy and funding opportunities to link commercial sources of residential history data with cancer patient information

Spatial database development

UV exposure

Making an objective measure of individual UV exposure for the continental United States for the study of environmental risk factors for melanoma

County Level UV Exposure Data for the Continental United States
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ADOPT

Providing a set of environmental data layers for obesity research

Accumulating Data to Optimally Predict obesity Treatment (ADOPT) Core Measures
View Accumulating Data to Optimally Predict obesity Treatment (ADOPT) Core Measures
GeoFLASHE

Augmenting the Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) survey results with contextual data about residential and school neighborhoods

Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) study
Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) study
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