Degree Name

MPH (Master of Public Health)

Program

Public Health

Date of Award

8-2008

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Brian Martin

Committee Members

Chul-Young Roh, James E. Florence, Timothy E. Alich

Abstract

Prostate cancer in the United States shows great disparities among race and socioeconomic status. Disparities in cancer rates in South Carolina are severe. Cancer control policies are lacking in ways to identify reasons for high risk populations and cost-effective ways to do so. An innovative spatial visualization program called the GeoViz Toolkit was used to determine areas of high Prostate Cancer incidence and mortality in South Carolina (rates obtained from the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry) compared with socioeconomic variables (education, income, lack of health insurance, and living in rural areas) and race. From there, recommendations were made using the South Carolina Cancer Alliance's "South Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan" objectives for Prostate Cancer for the top counties that were determined to have the highest need of intervention. These 11 counties include Colleton, Hampton, Allendale, Barnwell, Fairfield, Dillon, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg, Bamberg, and Orangeburg.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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Health Policy Commons

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