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Descriptive Epidemiology

DCEG investigators conduct descriptive epidemiologic studies to characterize cancer incidence and mortality temporal trends, age-specific rates, geographic distribution of cancer, race and ethnic differences in cancer rates, and birth cohort effects. Results of these studies are analyzed to obtain clues about the etiology of various cancers.  Select studies include:

Cancer Surveillance Research
A multi-faceted program of descriptive studies with major themes including the evaluation of tumor heterogeneity, current and future trends, and multiple primary cancers

Descriptive Epidemiology of Osteosarcoma via Population-Based Registries
Analyses of cancer registry data to characterize the descriptive epidemiology of osteogenic sarcoma

U.S. Atlas of Cancer Mortality
U.S. atlas of cancer mortality data spanning the years 1950 to 1994, which identified geographic areas with high rates of specific cancers and spatial and temporal patterns that may suggest particular carcinogenic exposures

Use of Remote Sensing Data and a Geographic Information System (GIS) in Cancer Epidemiology
A study that explores the feasibility of using remote sensing and a Geographic Information System (GIS) to reconstruct general environmental exposures