Percent of Females Who Received Mammogram Screening By County 2013

MOTD8_9_17_%mammogramsA mammogram is a screening tool used to screen for breast cancer.  According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is one of the  three most common cancers that causes death among women [1]. For these reasons it is important for women who meet the breast cancer screening guidelines to undergo screening to detect any abnormalities or cancer early to quickly begin treatment.  Check out this map that shows the percent of women who received mammogram screening in 2013 by county. From the map we can see some counties are shaded darker than others, indicating a higher percentage of women in these counties received mammogram screenings, such as counties within New York, Maine, and Road Island. In contrast, we can see some counties within states such as, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma are shaded yellow/light orange indicating a low percent of women received mammograms.

For more information click here.

By Julia Watson

Cancer Vaccine

Imagine world were a vaccine tailored to a specific patient was administered to kill cancerous cells. Well this world might be soon to come. Two studies were successful in produce a vaccine that prevented early relapse among twelve people with melanoma skin cancer. Earlier studies targeted a single type of protein found within the cancer cells that was shared among patients. However, with the new vaccine the mutated cancerous cells specific to a person are target allowing healthy cells to be spared. Check out the article here!

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By Julia Watson

CDC Map

Data Layering

On m3.mappler.net/cdcmap/ you will find information from the CDC showing a layered map of six featured categories; Demographic and Socio-Economic based on census, Demographic and Socio-Economic based on county, Mortality Rates per 100,000 people, Disease Prevalence Rates, Environmental Data, and Borders.

– Demographic and Socio-Economic (data from the census) including:
  • proportion of mobile housing
  • proportion of institutionalized population
  • per capita income
  • proportion of single parent housholds
  • proportion of housing structures with 10 or more units
  • proportion of housing with no vehicle available
  • proportion of population that is umemployes
  • proportion of population under 18
  • proportion of population that speaks English poorly
  • proportion of housing with more people than rooms
  • proportion of population in poverty
  • proportion of population over 65
  • proportions of non-white population

* US counties also have the same subcategories.

This map shows the layering of the proportion of people that are unemployed and the proportion of the population that speaks English poorly
This map shows the layering of the proportion of people that are unemployed and the proportion of the population that speaks English poorly
– Mortality Rates per 100,000 people
  • liver disease mortality rates
  • colon cancer mortality rates
  • transportation accident mortality rates
  • diabetes mellitus mortality rates
  • ischaemic heart disease mortality rates
  • stroke mortality rates
  • lung cancer mortality rates
  • alzheimers  disease mortality rates
  • cerebrovascular disease mortality rates
  • hypertension mortality rates
  • heart disease mortality rates
  • pancreatic cancer mortality rates
  • breast cancer mortality rates
  • self harm mortality rates
  • flu and pneumonia mortality rates
This map shows the layering of Colon Cancer mortality rates, Breast Cancer mortality rates, and Pancreatic Cancer mortality rates
This map shows the layering of Colon Cancer mortality rates, Breast Cancer mortality rates, and Pancreatic Cancer mortality rates

For further information, more layering, and to see the maps on Disease Prevalence Rates, Environmental Data, and Borders, visit the site !

Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to see the site. Contact at gis@vertices.com

Breast Cancer mapped in Huntington, New York

The Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC) completed a survey of town residents regarding breast cancer. Their paper, Community Breast Cancer Mapping, reports on recent efforts to map those surveys using ArcView GIS and stresses the importance of community mapping in bringing awareness and involving citizens in the design, execution, and distribution of public health research.

To view their report, click here.

Source:
HBCAC, http://www.hbcac.org/mapping.html

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern

Breast Cancer being mapped

It is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for researching its cause, prevention, and cure.

On the web, there are some great maps on breast cancer. Here are few.

1. TIME: “Breast Cancer Around the World”
Map on incidence rates of breast cancer around the world.

2. NCI Cancer State Profiles
Interactive maps, graphs, and data on breast cancer incidence and mortality rates, as well as other types of cancer.

3. NCI: Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United States, 1950-1994
Maps of United States Breast cancer Mortality Rates by State Economic Area for:
White Females (Age 20-49)
White Females (Age 50-74)
Black Females (Age 20-49)
Black Females (Age 50-74)
Compare all 4 maps
Maps above posted on Cornell University’s website.

4. New York State Cancer Registry
Maps of breast cancer incidence rates in New York by county.

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern