Breast Cancer Incidence Rates in GA

The National Cancer Institute and the CDC developed a database with information on various types of cancer, areas in the country, demographics and statistic measurements. The map below shows age-adjusted incidence rates of breast cancer in Georgia from years 2011 to 2015, per 100,000 population.  The demographic of focus is females, 50 years of age and less, of all races.

Create your own map on the website, here.

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Source: https://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/map/map.noimage.php

Binge Drinking in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define binge drinking as having 4 or more drinks in the past 30 days for a woman and 5 or more drinks in the past 30 days for a man. To illustrate the amount of adults in the U.S. who binge drink, the CDC developed a map of the prevalence of binge drinking among adults in the U.S. in 2015. Based on the map, it appears that adults in most parts of the United States engage in heavy drinking. To learn more information about excessive drinking, please visit the CDC’s website, here.

binge drinking prevalence map

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/data-stats.htm

Unemployment Rates in the U.S.

The Huffington Post published an article last year that included a map of the unemployment rates in the U.S. from 1990 to 2013. The legend on the map lists rates of unemployment, with green meaning an unemployment rate of 5% or less and red meaning an unemployment rate of 8% or greater. To get a better understanding of the changes in unemployment rates between 1990 and 2013, please visit the Huffington Post’s article, here. The map on the website is in motion, visually representing drastic changes in rates of unemployment by year.

When looking at the map in motion, I encourage you to think about everything that was going on in the U.S. and the world at the time. How might those events have affected the change in unemployment rates?

unemployment map

 

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/31/america-unemployment-map_n_5744656.html

Mapping School Suspensions in the U.S.

Suspensions and expulsions significantly impact students’ progress in school; they prevent students from receiving an education because they keep students out of the classroom. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education held a conference for educators across the country to rethink methods of discipline that don’t involve suspension or expulsion. At this conference, alternative methods for disciplining students were introduced, including a School Climate and Discipline Guide Package that focused on protecting the civil rights of students and using non-exclusionary forms of discipline.

Below are two maps provided by the U.S. Department of Education. The first map illustrates the percentage of students with disabilities who received out of school suspensions (OSS) and the second map illustrates the percentage of all students who received OSS across the country.

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s web page here to learn more about this initiative.

IDEA Suspensions

Source: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/educators-gather-white-house-rethink-school-discipline

Total SuspensionsSource: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/educators-gather-white-house-rethink-school-discipline

World Map on Average Consumption of Sugars and Sweeteners

The Word Dental Federation created a map on the average consumption of sugars and sweeteners, measured by grams per person per day. This map is one of many maps created by the World Dental Federation about the indicators and factors of oral health and oral health related issues. Based on the map below, in most countries in the world, including the U.S., individuals are consuming more than 100 grams of sugar per person per day. This information is significant for developing policies and issues regarding oral health issues and chronic illnesses.

Visit the World Dental Federation’s website here to learn more about their work and maps related to oral health.

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Source: https://www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/43_map_oral_health_2.pdf

 

World Map of Oral Cancer

The following map is from the World Dental Federation. This map shows the incidence rate per 100,000 people of oral and lip cancer in individuals who are 15 years of age and older. Based on this map, the U.S. appears to have an oral cancer incidence rate of 5.0 – 6.9 per 100,000 people. This incidence rate is higher than other countries, which aren’t as developed or economically stable. Maps like this are important in understanding the differences in incidence and prevalence rates of many oral health-related issues.

For more information on the World Dental Federation and their maps on various oral health indicators, check out their website, here.

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Source: https://www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/26_map_oh2.pdf

Who doesn’t have health insurance?

There are multiple reasons why some individuals in the US have health insurance and others do not.  Affordability, knowledge of health insurance policies and awareness of need are just some reasons one may or may not have health insurance. To raise public awareness about the social determinants that increase one’s susceptibility to developing heart disease and stroke, in 2014 the CDC released a map of the percentage of adults in the US who are under the age of 65 and are uninsured. This map highlights areas of the country that are severely uninsured compared to areas where almost no one is without health insurance.

To read more about the CDC’s efforts at addressing heart disease and stroke in the US, please visit their website here.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Percent of Population Under Age 65 without Health Insurance. Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/sd_insurance.htm