A step-by-step approach on how to gain access to data from the most comprehensive cancer database in the United States

What you will learn

☑ Gain access and familiarity with the SEER database to start collecting cancer data for your own research projects.


Are you a researcher, a physician, or a public health professional who is interested in cancer research and wants to hit the ground running and start publishing papers as soon as possible using data that are extracted from the most reliable sources of cancer data?

Well then, you’ve come to the right place!

Introduction to the SEER database will provide with what you need to access the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, and start using its data to help you answer questions and publish papers that are related to cancer epidemiology and public health research.

This is where you should begin. And it’s an excellent start!

In less than 30 minutes, you will quickly be acquainted with the SEER database, the statistical sessions that it offers, the SEER*Stat software that extracts its data, as well as how to gain access to its two levels of data: The Research Data, and the Research Plus Data.

In short, by the end of this course, you will be ready to start extracting the data that you will need to answer cancer epidemiological and public health questions.

We have designed a course that is:

  • The first of its kind.
  • Updated according to the latest feedback from the SEER database website.
  • Introductory with the intention of focusing on more specific issues with future courses.
  • Practical with a step-by-step approach to how to gain access to the database.

We are confident that you will find this course to be quite beneficial.

Let’s get started learning together right away!





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Welcome to the course

An Overview of the SEER database

What is the SEER database?

Variables of the SEER database

The SEER*Stat software

Overview of the SEER*Stat program

How to gain access to the SEER database

How to gain access as a non-institutional account holder

How to upgrade your access to an institutional account holder


Takeaways, homework, and an invitation for feedback.