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Cancer Incidence Related Definitions and Associated Formulas
Statistical Terms
Demographic Information
Population Data
Classification of Childhood Cancers
Cancer Staging

Cancer Grade
Sources of Information

Miscellaneous Information
Counties by Regions

This link shows formulas used to calculate rates with examples.


Childhood cancer - Cancer diagnosed in a person younger than 20 years of age. Rates are usually expressed as per 1 million when the ICCC system is used.

Frequency - The number of new childhood cancer cases with a certain type of cancer during a specific time period.

Rate - The number of new childhood cancer cases with a certain type of cancer divided by the number of individuals under 20 years of age in that region.

Crude Rate - The number of new childhood cancer cases during a specific time period per 1,000,000 individuals who are susceptible to childhood cancer. There is no consideration (adjustment) given to the age factor.

Age-specific rate - The number of new childhood cancer cases diagnosed per 1,000,000 individuals over a specific time period for a specific age group.

Age-adjusted rate - Cancer rates vary with age, and populations vary by their age distributions. Age adjustment allows for comparison of rates between different populations with different age structure. The "effect of age" is no longer present upon age-adjustment. Age-adjusted rates are calculated using the age distribution of the 1970 or 2000 US standard population, and for childhood cancers when using ICCC classification, these are usually expressed per 1,000,000 population.

Incidence - The number of new childhood cancer cases diagnosed during a specific time period (i.e. one year).
95% Confidence Intervals - The formulas used to calculate the 95% confidence intervals is R + 619.81*(R/D)1/2
Where R = crude childhood cancer incidence rate, D = population denominator, and 619.81=1.96*(100,000)1/2
When frequencies are less than 100 then 95% confidence intervals are calculated using the formulas provided on pages 98-102 in the NCHS 2001 Birth Report a pdf document.

Rate Calculations With Small Numbers - There are variations in all statistics that are the result of chance. This characteristic is of particular importance in classifications with small numbers of events where small variations are proportionately large in relation to the base figure. As an example, small changes in the number of deaths or births in small population areas or in the number of deaths from uncommon causes could result in large changes in these crude rates. For this reason, rates for counties with small populations or other small bases should be used cautiously.


Race - Race is reported as White, Black, Other, and Unknown. Other race group includes Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Americans.

Age - Age at diagnosis


Population Data - With the exception of population data by race and population data for selected age groups of teens, the 2000 Census data, provided by the Office of Research and Statistics (South Carolina Budget and Control Board), were used to calculate the rates in this report. Population data by race and for selected age groups were modified. Age Adjusted rates use 18 age groups and the corresponding 18 standard weights from the 1970 and 2000 U.S. population.

Population Data By Race - The U.S. Census Bureau Population data contains data for both "multiple race", and single race categories. This presents problems for calculating vital statistical rates. The following methodology was developed jointly by Office of Research and Statistics, South Carolina State Budget and Control Board and the Division of Biostatistics and Health GIS, Public Health Statistics and Information Services, SCDHEC.

The populations of these two race categories were allocated to the standard single race categories by age, gender and county. This allocation was based on the proportional distribution of the population of the standard single race categories within each of these age, gender, county groups.

Population Data For Selected Age Groups - For inter-census years, ORS provides estimated population data for South Carolina by age for five-year age groups. It is assumed that the population within each of these age categories is distributed uniformly through out the age interval. Based on this assumption, the population for females 14-17, 15-17 and 18-19 years is derived, consecutively, as follows - (20% of the female population 10-14 years plus 60% of the female population 15-19 years), (60% of the female population 15-19), and (40% of the female population 15-19).

Residence Data - Data allocated to the place in South Carolina where the person lived at time of diagnosis.


Classification of Childhood Cancers - The types and distribution of childhood cancer differ from those occurring in adult populations. The International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) has established a unique system for categorizing childhood cancers, the International Classification of Childhood Cancer (ICCC). Whereas adult cancers are usually organized by site of the primary tumor, childhood cancers are classified according to their histology (microscopic identification of cells and tissue).

I. Leukemia
a. Lymphoid leukemia
b. Acute non-lymphocytic leukemia
c. Chronic myeloid leukemia
d. Other specified leukemia
e. Unspecified leukemia
II. Lymphomas and Other Reticuloendothelial Neoplasms
a. Hodgkin’s disease
b. Non-Hodgkin’s disease
c. Burkitt’s lymphoma
d. Other reticuloendothelial neoplasms
e. Unspecified lymphomas
III. Central Nervous System and Miscellaneous Intracranial and
Intraspinal Neoplasms

a. Ependymoma
b. Astrocytoma
c. Primitive neuroectodermal tumors
d. Other gliomas
e. Miscellaneous intracranial and intraspinal neoplasms
f. Unspecified intracranial and intraspinal neoplasms
IV. Sympathetic Nervous System Tumors
a. Neuroblastoma and ganglioneuroblastoma
b. Other sympathetic nervous system tumors
V. Retinoblastoma
VI. Renal Tumors
a. Wilms’ tumor, rhabdoid and clear cell sarcoma
b. Renal carcinoma
c. Unspecified malignant renal tumors
VII. Hepatic Tumors
a. Hepatoblastoma
b. Hepatic carcinoma
c. Unspecified malignant hepatic tumors
VIII. Malignant Bone Tumors
a. Osteosarcoma
b. Chondrosarcoma
c. Ewing’s sarcoma
d. Other specified malignant bone tumors
e. Unspecified malignant bone tumors
IX. Soft-Tissue Sarcomas
a. Rhabdomyosarcoma and embryonal sarcoma
b. Fibrosarcoma, neurofibrosarcoma and other neurofibromatous neoplasms
c. Kaposi’s sarcoma
d. Other specified soft-tissue sarcomas
e. Unspecified soft-tissue sarcomas
X. Germ Cell, Trophoblastic and Other Gonadal Neoplasms
a. Intracranial and intraspinal germ cell tumors
b. Other and unspecified non-gonadal germ cell tumors
c. Gonadal germ cell tumors
d. Gonadal carcinomas
e. Other and unspecified malignant gonadal tumors
XI. Carcinomas and Other Malignant Epithelial Neoplasms
a. Adrenocortical carcinoma
b. Thyroid carcinoma
c. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
d. Malignant melanoma
e. Skin carcinoma
f. Other and unspecified carcinomas
XII. Other and Unspecified Malignant Neoplasms
a. Other specified malignant tumors
b. Other unspecified malignant tumors


Stage at diagnosis - The extent of disease spread from the organ of origin at time of diagnosis. The SCCCR uses the SEER General Summary Staging System. This system includes five stages: in situ, localized, regional, distant, and unstaged. In situ and localized are classified as "early stage." Regional and distant are considered "late stage." Cancers diagnosed as in situ are considered pre-invasive. Localized, regional, and distant staged cancers are invasive.

In situ stage - Classification for pre-invasive malignancies, those that do not invade the basement membrane.

Invasive stage - Classification for invasive malignancies, those that invade the basement membrane.

Localized stage - Classification for invasive malignancies that are confined to the organ of origin.

Regional stage - Classification for cancer spread by direct extension to adjacent organs or tissues, and/or spread to lymph nodes considered regional to the organ of origin, but no further spread has occurred.

Distant stage - Classification of cancer spread beyond adjacent organs or tissues, and/or metastasis to distant lymph nodes or tissues.

Unstaged - Classification resulting from insufficient information available to determine stage of disease at diagnosis

Early stage - Grouping which includes in situ and localized stages of disease.

Late stage - Grouping which includes regional and distant stages of disease.


Cancer Grade - Grade is a 4-point scaling system determined by a pathologist to describe the degree of differentiation of cancer cells. Differentiation describes how abnormal the cells look under a microscope and probable rate of tumor growth and spread. Well-differentiated, Grade 1 or low grade tissues often look the most like normal cells; where as undifferentiated, Grade 4 or high grade tissues often look the least like normal cells. In this module there are 9 grades possible they are: Well Differentiated, Moderately Differentiated, Poorly Differentiated, Undifferentiated, T-Cell, B-Cell, Null Cell, Natural Killer, and Not Determined.


Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Located in Atlanta, GA, the CDC is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of people of the United States.

National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) - Funded by the CDC, the NPCR is a population-based system of cancer registries established in 1992 by the Central Cancer Registries Amendment Act (Public Law 102-515). When fully implemented, programs funded by the NPCR will collect data on cancer for 96% of the US population.

Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) - Program of the National Cancer Institute that collects and publishes cancer incidence and survival data from 11 population-based cancer registries and three supplemental registries covering approximately 14 percent of the United States population.


Cancer site - The body organ or system where cancer originates; the anatomical site of origin.

Metastasis - Movement of disease from one organ or part to another not directly connected.

Risk factor - Anything that increases a person's chances of getting a disease. Examples include smoking, diet, and age.

Cancer cluster - A group of more cancer cases than normal in a small area, like a neighborhood, or within a short time period. Cancer clusters are reported when people learn that an unusual number of their friends, family, neighbors or co-workers have cancer.


Region 1
01 Abbeville
04 Anderson
19 Edgefield
24 Greenwood
30 Laurens
33 McCormick
37 Oconee
41 Saluda

Region 2
11 Cherokee
23 Greenville
39 Pickens
42 Spartanburg
44 Union

Region 3
12 Chester
20 Fairfield
29 Lancaster
32 Lexington
36 Newberry
40 Richland
46 York

Region 4
13 Chesterfield
14 Claredon
16 Darlington
17 Dillon
21 Florence
28 Kershaw
31 Lee
34 Marion
35 Marlboro
43 Sumter

Region 5
02 Aiken
03 Allendale
05 Bamberg
06 Barnwell
09 Calhoune
38 Orangeburg

Region 6
22 Georgetown
26 Horry
45 Williamsburg

Region 7
08 Berkeley
10 Charleston
18 Dorchester

Region 8
07 Beaufort
15 Colleton
25 Hampton
27 Jasper

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