Cancer Resources for Researchers and the Community

Part 1: About Massachusetts and Its Residents

Information about Massachusetts, including demographic characteristics.

Description Source

Massachusetts Population Data Summary

Massachusetts Census Data

Massachusetts Statistics and Data

Race and Ethnicity in Massachusetts

US Census: Massachusetts Quick Facts


Part 2: About Cancer in Massachusetts and Beyond

Information about cancer rates and trends

Geography Data Sources Data Query Tools


Global Cancer Observatory:

Cancer Today:

Cancer Tomorrow:


ACS Cancer Facts and Statistics:

ACS Cancer Statistics Center


SEER Data and Software:

SEER Cancer Statistics:


State Cancer Profiles

Massachusetts Cancer Registry:

Massachusetts State Cancer Registry Data Query Tool:


Health of Boston 2016-2017: Cancer


Part 3: Understanding Cancer Risk Factors and the Environment

Information about cancer risk factors and environmental exposures



Specific Activities and Sources

Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH)

CRESSH is a partnership between the Boston University School of Public Health and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that studies environmental health disparities in low-income communities and throughout Massachusetts. CRESSH is conducting three independent multidisciplinary projects that utilize the expertise of investigators in epidemiology, exposure science and cumulative risk assessment. We will focus on multi-stressor epidemiology for multiple health outcomes across the life course, exposure science addressing indoor-outdoor exposure patterns using novel sensors and modeling techniques, and quantitative approaches for cumulative risk assessment and disparities analyses that leverage epidemiological and exposure insights. The goal of CRESSH’s research is to understand how simultaneous exposures to multiple chemical stressors and their interactions with non-chemical stressors and social determinants of health lead to environmental health disparities at varying stages of life as measured by birth outcomes, childhood growth trajectories and cardiovascular mortality. CRESSH is part of the Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities (EHD) Research program.

Health Effects Across the Life course (HEAL) study.

Home-based Observation and Monitoring Exposure (HOME) study

Mapping Spatial Patterns in Environmental Health Disparities (MAP-EHD) study

Center for Geospatial Analysis

The Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA)'s core mission is to support research and teaching in all disciplines across Harvard University with emerging geospatial technologies. Working with entities across Harvard, the CGA strengthens university-wide geographic information systems (GIS) infrastructure and services; provides a common platform for the integration of spatial data from diverse sources and knowledge from multiple disciplines; enables scholarly research that would use, improve or study geospatial analysis techniques; and improves the ability to teach GIS and spatial analysis at all levels across the university.Combining consultation services, technical training and platform development, the Center enables a diverse range of research projects involving geospatial analysis. GIS solutions offerred range from general cartography and mapping, geographic data collection, processing and analysis, to spatial visualizations, webmaps, and web services. The CGA also actively promotes geographic reasoning and the use of GIS in the Harvard curriculum. Come to CGA for: access to hardware, software and data

  • training programs and technical workshops

  • individual research project consulting

  • curriculum support for Harvard courses

  • monthly seminars and colloquia, and an annual conference on GIS topics

  • tools for GIS applications and platforms for online collaborative research

Research Resources:

Massachusetts Cancer Risk Factor Summaries


Part 4: Guidance for and About the Community on Cancer

Resources of community members and researchers

Planet MassCONECT

PLANET MassCONECT was originally a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project that focused on building capacity in CBOs to find, adapt, and implement evidence-based programs (EBPs). The program grew out of MassCONECT (Massachusetts Community Networks to Eliminate Cancer Disparities through Education, Research, and Training), a community network funded by NCI to address cancer disparities in three Massachusetts cities (Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester).

Evidence-based program planning:

Additional Resources:

Resource Finder:


Part 5: Community Health Needs Assessments

Reports of organizations that have studied the health needs of communities in our catchment area

Description Source

Massachusetts Health Network Areas


Boston Cancer CHNA

CHNA18 - West Suburban Community Health Network

Public Health Institute Network of Western Massachusetts – Western MA CHNA

South Shore CHNA

Boston Medical Center CHNA

DFHCC Brigham and Women’s Hospital CHNA

DFHCC Boston Children’s Hospital CHNA

DFHCC Massachusetts General Hospital CHNA

DFHCC Beth Israel Lahey CHNA


Part 6: DFHCC Community Outreach and Engagement: Institutional Offices and Selected Cancer Activities

Offices in DFHCC institutions that partner with the CCEE to act on cancer health needs

Institution Institutional Resources




Center for Community Health and Health Equity:

Connecting Hope, Assistance, and Treatment (CHAT) Program (Breast Cancer):

Open Doors to Health Colorectal Cancer Screening:


Community Outreach Office:

Dana Farber in the Community:

Cancer Care Equity Program:

Digital Mammography in the Community:

HPV Outreach Program:


Office for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Partnership:


Harvard Chan NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Community Outreach:

Implementation Science Center in Cancer Control Equity:

Partnership to Improve Community Health:

Prevention Research Center on Obesity and Physical Activity:


MGH Community Health:

Cancer Navigation Program:

Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE):

Center for Community Health Improvement:

Collaborative Care and Community Engagement Program:

Community Access Research and Engagement Center (CARE):

Kraft Center for Community Health:

Living Tobacco Free: