Making Your Case

In order to secure resources to support breast health care, you must “make the case” that services are needed. These resources are designed to help you find the information you need to make compelling arguments in grant proposals or presentations to gain partners and/or community support.

Regional Data

Nebraska Public Health Departments are a great resource for specific data on cancer incidence in your region. Contact your local health department for data and other assistance with your project.

Quick Health Data Online contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories; additionally, data are included on prevention, violence, and mental health at the state level.  To the extent possible, data are provided by race, ethnicity and gender, and where applicable/available, by age.  Also, the system incorporates graphing and mapping features so that the data of interest can be used directly as tables, graphs/chart and maps. Online training to use the system is available. For more information or to register for training, visit

Community Commons –  This new website allows customized searches of data and creation of maps to support health needs assessment and program planning for individual communities and regions across the country.

County Health Rankings –  This site lets you compare counties according to specific measures including health outcomes, health behaviors, clinical care (including mammography rates for medicare patients), social-economic factors and physical environment.

Looking for mammography facilities in your region? See list by clicking here.

Komen Great Plains Community Profile 

The Community Profile is the assessment process that takes place every two years in order to understand the state of breast cancer in Komen Great Plains’s 91-county service area. The goal of the Community Profile is to gather information about the community to identify gaps in services and those areas in most need of breast health services. This information helps to guide the Affiliate’s activities such as grant making, fund raising and educational outreach so as to not duplicate programs already in place and focus its efforts on addressing any unmet breast health and breast cancer needs. This information can also be used by other organizations for program planning and service delivery, grant writing, and finding opportunities for expanded referrals and interagency collaborations.

Nebraska State Cancer Registry 
The Nebraska State Cancer Registry (NCR) collects and analyzes state-specific cancer data. For the latest cancer fact sheets and additional data by type of cancer, click here.

NEW:  Female Breast-Fact Sheet- Nebraska Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

State Cancer Profiles Data Releases – NCI SEER and CDC NPCR incidence data through 2010 are available with prevalence data for all cancer sites combined, U.S mortality through 2010, 2011 screening and risk factors data from BRFSS and 2010-2011 smoking data from TUS-CPS.  Visit

State Overview of Need

Download the full 2011-2016 Nebraska Breast Cancer Control Plan (7MB) – includes research data to support plan activities.

National Overview of Need

American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts and Figures

New U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualization Website: With this new user-friendly tool from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, you can view the latest official federal cancer data by type, state, demographics, and year, and customize displays of statistics, view data as a table, and share pages via social media.  

500 Cities Project Launches Interactive WebsiteThe initiative provides city-and census tract-level small area estimates of chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the U.S. 

Specific Target Groups

HHS/NIH, Office of Research on Women’s Health: Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition. Provides US Census data on different populations of women and health updates for women of color.

African Americans & Breast Cancer Resource Page

See also American Cancer Society:

Program Planning and Evaluation

CDC Evaluation Working Group – Program Evaluation Resources  
The CDC Evaluation Working Group was formed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This group was charged with developing a framework that summarizes and organizes the elements of program evaluation.

Cancer Trends Progress Report, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. The online report, which compares national trend data to Healthy People 2020 targets to show where advancements have been made, has been repackaged to offer even more data and relevant content in a succinct, yet comprehensive format. Intended for researchers, public health professionals, policy makers, and research advocates, the report offers trend data by age, sex, race, ethnicity, income and education levels spanning the cancer control continuum from prevention to end of life.

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