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Sociology

Massachusetts

2014

Community Engagement and Research Symposia

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Cancer Surveillance And Outreach In Carlisle, Massachusetts: An Analysis Of Mdph Cancer And Environmental Health Data In A Small Town Context, David Estabrook, Linda Fantasia, Catherine Galligan Nov 2014

Cancer Surveillance And Outreach In Carlisle, Massachusetts: An Analysis Of Mdph Cancer And Environmental Health Data In A Small Town Context, David Estabrook, Linda Fantasia, Catherine Galligan

Community Engagement and Research Symposia

Introduction: The Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) sought to understand how cancer affects its town (population under 5,000), using data on expected and observed cancer incidence provided by the Massachusetts Cancer Registry (MCR). This project examined cancer incidence data summarized by city/town in five-year intervals, evaluated demographic and environmental factors that could contribute to cancer, and provided recommendations for cancer outreach. Methods: MCR city/town reports from 1995-2009 were examined to identify community cancer trends. A literature review focused on cancers of concern to guide outreach efforts. Data on contributing environmental exposures and health behaviors were explored to ...