Accession Number : ADA322198

Title :   Massachusetts Cancer Control Evaluation Project.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 23 Sep 95-22 Sep 96,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH RESEARCH INST BOSTON

Personal Author(s) : Gershman, Susan T.

PDF Url : ADA322198

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The Massachusetts Cancer Control Evaluation Project demonstrates how data from diverse sources can be integrated and analyzed geographically to assess cancer screening efficacy and to design effective interventions. Year 1 project activities focused on examining the distribution of breast cancer in Massachusetts and throughout the US, analyzing census demographic data, and compiling data sources in preparation for statistical modeling. Year 2 activities have focused upon completion of the statistical model. In addition to the socioeconomic variables created from our measurement modeling of the census tract measures, other known covariates were analyzed in Year 2. Spatial scan statistical techniques were utilized to examine the distribution of stage at diagnosis of breast cancer cases, and identify areas of the state with clusters of late-stage diagnoses. Data sets analyzed were incorporated into a mapping software package, allowing the user to view geographic representations of data distributions. This technique can be used to identify localities in need of cancer screening services, assess the sociodemographic characteristics of the localities residents, and assist public health officials in tailoring interventions for these populations.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *DATA BASES, *BREAST CANCER, ECONOMICS, MODELS, MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS, DEMOGRAPHY, PROTOTYPES, VARIABLES, MAPPING, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, PUBLIC HEALTH, SELECTION, GEOGRAPHY, SOCIOLOGY, MASSACHUSETTS, CENSUS.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE