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Big Data in Oncology Spotlight


IP Blog | Dave Melin | January 20, 2015

This week in health care trends, our spotlight on big data in oncology includes updated statistics on US cancer survivorship, the rising age of peak Medicare spending, and the breakdown of cervical cancer rates across ethnicities.

The three articles below are from our dedicated Big Data in Oncology e-magazine. We’re constantly adding valuable content to this updateable magazine, so make sure to check our e-magazine frequently for new intelligence. You can follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)

big data cancer buttonSurvivorship-Related Graphs

The National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship has produced a series of graphs pertaining to cancer survivors in the United States. Among the graph topics are “Estimated and Projected Number of Cancer Survivors in the United States From 1973 to 2024”, “Estimated Number of Cancer Survivors in the United States by Years Since Diagnosis”, and two graphs breaking down the number of survivors by gender.

Health Affairs Web First: New Medicare Per Capita Spending Shows A Rise With Age, Then A Decline After 96

A recent study of Medicare spending between 2000 and 2011 found that spending in 2011 peaked at age 96, while “in 2000, the highest spending was found to be among those age ninety-two.” Additionally, the study concluded that “Medicare beneficiaries ages eighty and older, who comprised 24 percent of the beneficiaries, accounted for a disproportionate share (33 percent) of traditional Medicare spending in 2011.”

Cervical Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity

The CDC’s fact sheet on incidence of and death from cervical cancer indicates that both vary significantly when researchers look at distribution between racial and ethnic categories. For example, from 1999-2011 the incidence of cervical cancer was noticeably higher for Hispanic women than for black, white, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander women. However, over those same years, the death rates for women with cervical cancer were much higher for black women than for women in other racial/ethnic categories.


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