England Provides An Interactive Web-Based National Cancer e-Atlas

England has provided its citizens with a new interactive web-based application, Cancer e-Atlas, to help improve access to cancer statistics across the nation. The goal is to “provide the public, health care professionals, commissioners and health service managers with basic information on incidence and mortality for the main types of cancers in men and women.” (NCIN) Data has been collected from English cancer registries as well as the Office for National Statistics.

Shown below are images of the two types of interactive maps that have been developed to display both incidence and mortality cancer statistics: Local Authorities  View (left) and Cancer Networks View (right). “Survival statistics are also shown but at Cancer Network level only. This is because any observed variations in survival rates across Local Authority areas are more likely to be caused by the natural variations that occur when dealing with smaller numbers of patients rather than showing real differences.” Simply click on either image to view the interactive mapping site.

The NCIN provides hints and tips on how to use the e-Atlas:

  • “The ‘data’ button allows you to choose the cancer site, gender and cancer statistic you are interested (e.g. mortality in cancer of the lung in males).
  • The ‘filter’ button allows you to narrow down the data shown into smaller areas, for example by each region, cancer network or comparing health inequality ‘Spearhead’ areas.
  • You can hover and click over any area on the map to highlight a particular Local Authority area e.g. Leeds. This can be repeated any number of times for separate areas.
  • You can also click on any regional or network name in the ‘Comparison Areas’ to show how the local areas highlighted compare to regional and network averages.
  • The ‘double map’ button feature allows you to look at two different cancer types at once or comparing incidence of a specific cancer site against its mortality rate.
  • There is a ‘help’ button in Cancer e-Atlas with more details on how to use it.
  • To help provide extra context and interpretation / background to the statistics you’ve chosen on Cancer e-Atlas, there is a link to relevant sections on the Cancer Research UK’s CancerStats website. To get to this, go to the Data button on the E-Atlas page and click on the small ‘paper’ icons (next to the arrows in the expanded drop down menus).
  • We hope you find this information useful. We welcome your feedback.” (NCIN)

Source: Information taken from NCIN (National Cancer Intelligence Network) http://www.ncin.org.uk/analysis/eatlas.shtml

Christine Irven, VERTICES intern

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