Prevalence estimates may be used to estimate the demand on the health care system from previously-diagnosed cancer cases, and to judge the overall success of cancer treatment in preventing cancer mortality.
The Texas Cancer Registry provides estimates of the January 1, 2009 prevalence of cancer in Texas by cancer site. This is the 10-year limited duration prevalence (persons diagnosed with cancer from January 1, 1999 through December 31, 2008, and still alive on January 1, 2009).
For more information see: http://srab.cancer.gov/prevalence/limited.html. Please note that these are only estimates and are based on applying national prevalence counts to our Texas population.
The estimates for Texas are derived from the counted prevalence in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) SEER program, also for January 1, 2009. The NCI counts are provided by age, sex and race/ethnicity (non-Hispanic whites, Hispanic whites, blacks, and all other races combined). These counts are given as a percentage and the percentages are applied to the corresponding Texas population groups to come up with the projected prevalence in Texas. This is done using software provided by the SEER program. For additional information about the software used to project Texas prevalence see: http://srab.cancer.gov/projprev/.
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