National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
November 13, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 22

Cancer.gov Update

Newly Launched NCI Map Stories Show Geographic Patterns of Cancer

Screenshot of NCI Map Story: Breast Cancer

NCI's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Science website now features a series of interactive maps called NCI Map Stories. The series uses web-based mapping technologies to create narratives about geographic patterns of cancer.

The first Map Story, released in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, includes maps showing the most recent breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States. Users can zoom in on the maps to compare incidence and mortality by state and download the data in tables or in PDF format.

Lung, cervical, and colorectal cancer maps are planned for the coming months, and new Map Stories will be released to coincide with national cancer awareness months.