Online Program

Student to the Rescue: Creating Profiles for Breast Cancer in Missouri Women by State Senatorial District

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Awatef Ben Ramadan, MD, MPH, University of Missouri Informatics Institute (MUII), University of Missouri Informatics Institute (MUII)/ Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center/Dept. of Health Management & Informatics/ University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Jeannette Jackson-Thompson, MSPH, PhD, Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center/Dept. of Health Management & Informatics, University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Chester Schmaltz, PhD, Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center/Dept. of Health Management & Informatics, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, other than skin cancer. Over 12% of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Missouri cancer incidence and mortality rates are displayed in tables on the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services website by geographic area (state, region and county), by tumor characteristic (e.g., stage at diagnosis, grade) and by demographic characteristics (age, race, etc.) and in similar visual displays on the Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center (MCR-ARC) website. Given that breast cancer incidence and mortality vary by race and geographic region, MCR-ARC wanted to produce data that would be of interest to lawmakers as well as public health officials at the legislative district-level but no staff were available to create the fact sheets unless this task could be assigned to a graduate student.

Purpose: To produce breast cancer profile fact sheets for each senatorial district in Missouri.

Methods: With the assistance of MCR-ARC’s Senior Statistician, I analyzed Missouri’s population-based data on breast cancer among Missouri females and designed profiles containing indicators that would be of potential interest to lawmakers, their constituents and public health officials. These profiles were then published for each of Missouri’s 34 state senatorial districts.

Results: I created 34 Breast Cancer Profiles, each containing breast cancer indicators for each district and the state. I described the impact of breast cancer on the senator’s constituents.

Conclusions/Discussion: Fact sheets by senatorial district may impact a senator’s view of the importance of differences among constituents. In the future, I hope that fact sheets for each legislative district in Missouri can be created.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Diversity and culture
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify the leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S. Discuss how incidence rates vary by stage at diagnosis and demographic factors. Explain why creating cancer fact sheets for each state senatorial district in a state might be meaningful.

Keyword(s): Cancer and Women’s Health, Information Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am employed as a graduate student in the cancer registry and the material I am presenting is one component of the project on which I am working. I have a master's degree in public health and am currently pursuing a PhD in health informatics; therefore, I have expertise and knowledge about the subject.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.