Information for Researchers

The 2018 MA Cancer Report is now available for Download

As shown in the Call to Action Report, Harvard researchers have identified high priority areas for research.  These include:

Priorities for cancer prevention and early detection based on higher incidence rates in Massachusetts:
  • Bladder
  • Brain
  • Breast (female)
  • Esophagus
  • Lung
  • Thyroid
Priorities for cancers with unfavorable trends in incidence in Massachusetts:
  • Breast
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Oral
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach
  • Thyroid
Priorities for cancers with unfavorable trends in mortality in Massachusetts:
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Thyroid
  • Uterus
Priorities for cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment based on higher mortality rates in Massachusetts:
  • Bladder
  • Esophagus
  • Liver
Priorities for cancers with unfavorable trends in mortality in Massachusetts:
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Thyroid
  • Uterus
Priorities for cancer disparities based on elevated rates of cancer in specific population subgroups in Massachusetts:
  • Black men: Prostate and colorectal cancer incidence; prostate and pancreatic cancer mortality
  • Hispanic men: Prostate cancer incidence
  • Non-Hispanic White men: Bladder cancer and melanoma incidence
  • Non-White men: Liver cancer incidence and mortality
  • All women: Thyroid cancer incidence
  • Asian and Hispanic women: Liver cancer mortality
  • Black women: Colorectal cancer incidence; and colorectal, pancreatic, and uterine cancer mortality
  • Non-Hispanic White women: Breast, lung, and uterine cancer incidence; lung cancer mortality
Priorities for risk factor reduction, prevention, and early detection in Massachusetts:
  • Reduce smoking, obesity, and alcohol consumption
  • Increase healthy diet, physical activity, HPV vaccination, mammography, and colorectal cancer screening

This knowledge of the leading cancer needs in Massachusetts should be used to guide research and public health initiatives to limit the impact of cancer on Massachusetts residents.