Vermont Cancer Incidence Reports display interactive maps and data from the Vermont Cancer Registry for five cancer types:
- Breast Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Prostate Cancer
The Vermont Cancer Registry monitors the incidence of cancer and cancer deaths among Vermonters. These data are used by the Health Department and other health researchers to study cancer trends, to research cancer causes, and to improve cancer education and prevention efforts.
These reports display observed cases and age-adjusted expected cases for 107 non-overlapping geographic analysis areas that provide complete Vermont statewide coverage. Standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) and statistical significance are displayed for each analysis area. Results are based upon the residential address at time of diagnosis.
An SIR is a comparison of the observed versus expected number of cancers in a geographic area over a certain period of time. A value of 1.0 means that the number of cancers observed is exactly what would be expected based on the state rate and the size and age of population in the geographic analysis area. A value less than 1.0 means that the number of cancers observed is less than expected; a value more than 1.0 means that the number of cases observed is more than expected.
An SIR can appear to be high or low but not be statistically significant (displayed as “Not Different”). A truly high or low SIR would be displayed as “Statistically High” or “Statistically Low,” respectively.
Select one of these cancer types to launch its interactive report:
Using the interactive reports
- Select the “Help” button for an explanation of how to use the interactive reports.
- Select the “Data Notes” button for information about how the statistics were calculated, as well as for guidance about interpreting the data.
Interpreting the maps and data
Caution is urged in interpreting the reports. Geographic differences in cancer rates often result from behavioral differences or differences in lifestyle, not from anything in a person’s physical surroundings or from environmental pollution. Contact us with any questions.
For assistance, or if you have questions or comments, contact:
Cancer Registry Chief
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402