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To provide information associated with the "Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United States, 1950-94", released in December 1999 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the U.S. Government's principal agency for cancer research. The NCI is a component of the National Institutes of Health, the focal point of the nation's biomedical research.

Type of information available

  • Online version of the Atlas including text, maps, figures, and tables from the Atlas
  • Interactive mortality charts and graphs, including rates by cancer, 5-year rates over time, and rates by state
  • Custom maps based on user-controlled parameters
  • Links to other U.S. and international cancer-related Web sites

Intended audience

Anyone with questions about cancer mortality in the United States during the period 1950-94. This site may be of interest to private citizens, special interest groups, students, researchers, health care professionals, legislators, and others.


  • Programming and design of the Online Atlas site was provided by Information Management Services, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland.
  • Programming and design of the Custom Maps was provided by Corda Technologies of Lindon, Utah.
  • Programming and design of the Interactive Charts and Graphs was provided by Corda Technologies of Lindon, Utah.
  • Assistance with overall Web site design and usability testing was provided by the NCI Usability Office