Public domain small-area cancer incidence data for New York State, 2005-2009

  • Francis P. Boscoe | francis.boscoe@health.ny.gov New York State Cancer Registry, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, United States.
  • Thomas O. Talbot Bureau of Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, United States.
  • Martin Kulldorff Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Department of Population Medicine, Boston, United States.

Abstract

There has long been a demand for cancer incidence data at a fine geographic resolution for use in etiologic hypothesis generation and testing, methodological evaluation and teaching. In this paper we describe a public domain dataset containing data for 23 anatomic sites of cancer diagnosed in New York State, USA between 2005 and 2009 at the census block group level. The dataset includes 524,503 tumours distributed across 13,823 block groups with an average population of about 1400. In addition, the data have been linked with race/ethnicity and with socioeconomic indicators such as income, educational attainment and language proficiency. We demonstrate the application of the dataset by confirming two well-established relationships: that between breast cancer and median household income and that between stomach cancer and Asian race. We foresee that this dataset will serve as the basis for a wide range of spatial analyses and as a benchmark for evaluating spatial methods in the future.

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2016-04-18
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Cancer incidence, Cancer mapping, Open data, Small-area
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Boscoe, F. P., Talbot, T. O., & Kulldorff, M. (2016). Public domain small-area cancer incidence data for New York State, 2005-2009. Geospatial Health, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2016.304