Cancer in Massachusetts: A Call to Action

(June 2018) Cancer in Massachusetts: A Call to Action addresses the leading cause of death among the state’s nearly 7 million residents by identifying cancer research priorities and highlighting collaborative efforts currently underway. The report summarizes cancer risk factors, incidence, and mortality, and identifies disparities in cancer outcomes. HCC produced the report in collaboration with leadership of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.

At the heart of the report are a series of data-rich graphs that communicate differences and trends among regions, sub-populations, and specific cancers, often compared with the country as a whole. After analyzing the raw data and identifying the most telling comparison points, HCC designed bold data visualizations that helped the report tell its story.

The report also offers a closeup look at many of the individuals and groups working in laboratories, clinics, and communities to improve Massachusetts’ statistics. Throughout the document, panoramic photographs of the state’s geographic diversity--farmland, urban centers, neighborhoods, and coastal towns--are used to dramatic effect as the backdrop for the report’s findings.

The report was publicly released on June 4, 2018. Download a copy at