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Practical approaches to disease mapping

M. Smarts and J. Estève

in Geographical and Environmental Epidemiology

Published in print July 1996 | ISBN: 9780192622358
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622358.003.0014
Practical approaches to disease mapping

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This chapter presents some ideas that were developed at the International Agency for Research on Cancer while preparing or participating in the production of several other cancer atlases. Maps convey instant visual information on the geographical distribution of diseases, and are becoming an indispensable tool for epidemiologists. For mapping cancers, it is important to standardize and smoothen risks in appropriate manner to avoid conveying false information. Statistically driven methods area recommended for smoothing risks.

Keywords: cancer mapping; risk estimation; geographical distribution; visual informatin; risks

Chapter.  3918 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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