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Sunday, May 04, 2008

GIS for Detecting an Association between Socioeconomic Status & Late Stage Breast Cancer in Florida

I was recently informed of a Florida study entitled "Detecting an Association between Socioeconomic Status and Late Stage Breast Cancer Using Spatial Analysis and Area-Based Measures" which used GIS analysis to identify areas of higher-than-expected incidences of the cancer throughout the state.

Per the research results: "SaTScan identified 767 of Florida's 9,112 block groups that had higher-than-expected incidence of late stage breast cancer."

For further details, please read the full article as published on the American Association for Cancer Research's (AACR) Journal on Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention website.

A special thanks to Martin Kulldorff,Ph.D. - Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School's Biostatistician Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention for sharing this study.