|BCCC Plans for the New Year!|
Blackford County Concerned Citizens has some events coming up:
Saturday, February 21 - students from
IPFW will be working at the Historical Society and Public Library
Saturday, March 21 - continuation of the IPFW student projects
Saturday, April 25 - public information meeting on environmental health in Blackford County and presentation of student projects
Cancer Data Update
Back in 2010 and 2011, BCCC obtained reports on cancer rates in Blackford County from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). This fall we worked with the state health department to get an update. This time the state assembled data from 1998 through 2012. Looking at that many years helps give a more accurate calculation of the rate since the county has a small population.
Blackford County's age-adjusted cancer rate for that period is 514.73 cancers per 100,000 persons per year. For comparison, Indiana's rate is 484.54 and the rate for the entire US is 460.4. The county's rate is 6% higher than the state's and that difference is statistically significant, which means it is a larger difference than could come from just normal variability. The county's rate for bladder cancer, 28.1 per 100,000 per year, was also statistically higher than the state's rate of 21.2. Colon cancer and thyroid cancer were also higher than for the state, but they did not quite reach statistical significance.
The Blackford County Health Department is aware of the new numbers and works hard to reduce cancer risk through the Blackford County Tobacco-free Taskforce. BCCC is working to reduce cancer risk through reduction in exposure to carcinogens.
* All rates are expressed per 100,000 persons.