Germline and somatic mutations in the p53 and APC genes contribute to neoplasia. The patterns of these and other acquired mutations in cancers reflect environmental mutagens and endogenous factors that contribute to carcinogenesis. Herein, we describe a database of almost 2,300 mutations in the p53 and APC genes published until September 1, 1993. In addition to cataloging the mutations, multiple fields of information have been added to facilitate future molecular epidemiological analyses of human cancer. The accuracy of the database has been checked by the present authors and, by soliciting feedback from the original corresponding authors. The strengths and limitations of the primary literature are discussed.