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James W. Sewall


Mapping Maine cancers

Maine's predominantly rural population of 1.3 million has the distinction of having the oldest median age in the United States, as well as the more dubious distinction of having one of the highest age-adjusted incidence rates for all cancers in the country. Indeed, since 2000, Maine has consistently ranked among the top three states in cancer incidence for all anatomical sites and for persons of all ages, races and genders (National Program of Cancer Registries, 2009 #92). Figure 1 shows the incidence rates for 15 common cancers mapped against Maine's 16 counties, showing that Maine's age-adjusted cancer incidence rates are significantly different from the confidence intervals in the U.S. overall. Read more


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