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