SCAN360: A Resource for a 360-Degree View of Cancer Prevention, Risk, and Survival

Zinzi Bailey, ScD, MSPH; Raymond Balise, PhD; Layla Bouzoubaa, MPH; Erin Kobetz, PhD, MPH


Prev Chronic Dis. 2020;17(11):e149 

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Abstract and Introduction


SCAN360, an interactive web platform aiming to provide a "360-degree view" of factors that drive cancer, calculates and integrates several measures of cancer burden from the Florida Cancer Data System, the state's cancer registry, from 2012 to 2016 with cancer risk factors, clinical factors, and social determinants of health on multiple levels of geography — ranging from the entire state to the neighborhood. Integrating various sources of data, the web platform visualizes numerous indicators, including sociodemographic characteristics, cancer histology and staging, risk behaviors, screening behavior, environmental factors, hazardous sites, health insurance access, prevalence of potential comorbidities, housing characteristics, and levels of residential segregation, through maps and easy-to-interpret graphs. By walking through an example of a practical use, we show that SCAN360 provides data that are easily accessible to public health professionals, decision makers, and researchers and can assist them with identifying potential drivers of cancer burden on a localized level.