3 Content Updates: Birth Defects, Cancer, CO Poisoning

December 1, 2018

Birth defects, carbon monoxide, and cancer content areas were recently updated with new data. Highlights of the updates include carbon monoxide detector prevalence data for the years 2015 and 2016, birth defects data for the years 2010 to 2015, and cancer data for the years 2010 to 2014.

The following are worth exploring among the updates.

  • Cancer: Trend charts show increases in age-adjusted rates for melanoma, the 6th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Maine. Mapping melanoma shows that the highest age-adjusted rates from 2010-2014 are found among four coastal counties. Melanoma rates also differ between men and women -- the age-adjusted rate of melanoma for males was 38% higher than for females.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Examining how rates differ geographically, between sexes, and between age groups can help identify high-risk groups and areas to promote protective measures. For example, carbon monoxide poisoning emergency department visit rates are highest for individuals ages 15-34 years old, at 9.8 per 100,000 for 2010-2014.
  • Birth Defects: Prevalence rates are available for 12 different birth defects. View trend charts to see a consistent decrease since 2011 in the statewide rate of gastroschisis, with 2015 showing the lowest rate since data collection began.

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