An application of the SEER*Stat software

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In previous articles, I have highlighted the value of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database as a readily available source of population-based cancer data for researchers from all over the world.

In short, if you are an aspiring researcher who is passionate about cancer epidemiology, you can use the SEER database in order to extract data that you can use either instantaneously or later to run statistical tests and derive valuable insights.

In order to hit the ground running and start using the SEER database more quickly, I advise you to watch the following video, in which I…


Is there something you can really do about it?

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How many times have you spent your day off scrolling on your phone when you should have been doing other things that you have been planning for all week?

What about that episode of regret that attacks you every weekend you spend at home doing nothing, and which immediately resolves once you get back to work, just like you do every week?

It’s almost as if you love making plans for your weekend just to cancel them when you finally have that narrow window of free time.

Well! Rest assured! You are definitely not alone.

How to fix this vicious circle of regret?

  1. Leave your productivity culture at…


I will answer this question using the SEER database

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This is a no-brainer question because its answer is present in most oncology textbooks.

I am writing this article today to answer this question using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, which I have written two articles about it before.

Also, if you want to try reaching the answer yourself, and building some experience with using the SEER database to answer more cancer-related questions, you can start by learning how to gain access to the SEER database through watching this video.

Let’s begin!

After I logged into SEER*Stat…


A new evidence of why coffee time is better than coffee itself

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I was always told that early morning was the best time to do an exercise.

Also, I was always told that it is best to exercise on an empty stomach.

By nature, our bodies were not built to exercise with the same efficiency throughout the day or under at large. So, in order for us to perform well, we had to have ready muscles and an available “fuel” to burn when we exercise. It has been shown that we are more able to exercise in the afternoon than…


Dementia is much closer than you think!

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Getting older sucks for most people!

Although we can feel how old we become in many ways, yet the most noticeable feature of getting old is when you start losing your ability to think clearly, to solve problems, to remember people and dates, to accommodate thought, and ultimately to communicate in a healthy way.

The earliest of the above symptoms is what doctors agreed to call “subjective cognitive decline”, or a decline in your way of receiving, storing, and expressing information from a previous normal state, provided that this decline does not harm your daily life, and lasts for six…


Why not add a little spice to the way we learn about data science?

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I am a doctor of Medicine who made a career shift about 10 years ago from medicine to healthcare. I spent 2 years in the United States studying business from a healthcare perspective, but the subject that I was totally attracted to was “Business Analytics”. In that class, I learned how to use data to make summaries, inferences and actionable recommendations to businesses. …


Have hope, for “automated insulin” is on the way

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Insulin is a hormone that lowers blood sugar in patients who are suffering from type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (DM). For those who are not familiar with the term, type 1 DM is a disease where your pancreas does not produce enough insulin to deal with your changing blood sugar (or glucose levels), and so, you gradually become sick.

All people experience variations in their blood sugar levels. These variations come after eating, after a fever, or after any kind of stress. …


A simple guide to cite the most comprehensive source of epidemiological data

The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database is one of the most commonly used resources for epidemiological data on cancer, not to mention that it is a free, easy to access data source for cancer researches from all over the world.

Last May I wrote an introductory article about how to access the SEER database for research purposes, but after that article was published, I have been receiving a lot emails asking me how to cite the SEER database or the SEER registry where the data was extracted to put it in the “references” section of the completed research…


Do you consider yourself above or below average?

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Have you ever had an incidence when your taxi driver was so furious about how others drive their cars? Have you ever heard him bragging about how he is the best driver ever? Would you personally confess that you are more intelligent than any average Medium member? Probably you think you are! Why in the world would anyone else have a better opinion than we actually have about ourselves?

This is what we call “the Lake Wobegon Effect”, or in other words, “the above average effect”. The word “Lake Wobegon” belonged to a community that was made up by the…


Is friendship a long lasting commodity? Or is it a conditional need?

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I didn’t even know that today was a special friendship day in the United States. I was surfing Reddit when I noticed the great amount of posts made by redditors on the value of friendship, friendship between gamers, friendship between animals, etc. I watched all that with a nearly indifferent mood. What is wrong with me? Do I not get how important friendship is?

And then, and after a long period of thinking, I guess I have found the reason why I relatively cared less than before. The truth is, I have long passed the childhood and teenage years of…

Amr Ebied

Physician, Healthcare provider, Aspiring Researcher, https://www.linkedin.com/in/amr-ebied-8ba61710/ https://twitter.com/AmrEbied6

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