The interactive map, tracking the incidences of the various types of cancer in New York, was made available on Monday, May 10, 2010 by the Department of Health. The count of incidences is mapped using census blocks throughout the upstate area. The numbers reported in the map reflect the counts of cancer incidences out of the total population in the census blocks. Information on the total number of males and females are also reported.
However, with the availability of this information, the Department emphasizes that the incidences “represent raw data, merely presenting a count of cancer incidences, and should be interpreted with care”. According to Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, the goal of the project is to identify where cancer clusters exist and use this information to link cancer to “statistical accidents or related to an environmental cause” (NY Times).
The Environmental Facilities and Cancer Map also maps environmental concerns such as the State Superfund Sites, Air Emission Sources, Brownfield Sites and more. This feature allows users to overlay cancer incidences with the environmental sites of interest.
Information taken directly from:
New York Department of Health, http://www.health.state.ny.us/ and
The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/11/nyregion/11map.html
GIS Development, http://beta.gisdevelopment.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17517:cancer-infected-areas-mapped-in-new-york-state&catid=56:application-health&Itemid=1
Gretchen Grajo, VERTICES intern