The crossroads of GIS and health information: a workshop on developing a research agenda to improve cancer control

Int J Health Geogr. 2006 Nov 21;5:51. doi: 10.1186/1476-072X-5-51.


Cancer control researchers seek to reduce the burden of cancer by studying interventions, their impact in defined populations, and the means by which they can be better used. The first step in cancer control is identifying where the cancer burden is elevated, which suggests locations where interventions are needed. Geographic information systems (GIS) and other spatial analytic methods provide such a solution and thus can play a major role in cancer control. This report presents findings from a workshop held June 16-17, 2005, to bring together experts and stakeholders to address current issues in GIScience and cancer control. A broad range of areas of expertise and interest was represented, including epidemiology, geography, statistics, environmental health, social science, cancer control, cancer registry operations, and cancer advocacy. The goals of this workshop were to build consensus on important policy and research questions, identify roadblocks to future progress in this field, and provide recommendations to overcome these roadblocks.

MeSH terms

  • Geographic Information Systems*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Research
  • United States