Infographics Show Variations and Progress on Cancer and Heart Disease in Big Cities

February 4, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition released two infographics to coincide with National Cancer Prevention Month, World Cancer Day (February 4th), and Wear Red Day (February 5th), which raises awareness about heart disease in women.   The graphics feature data that show how some of America's largest cities are faring in the battle against these two major public health challenges. 

Key points:

·       Every city has lower death rates for both conditions, compared to a decade ago. Every city experienced a decrease in their cancer and women’s heart disease mortality rates, compared to 2004.

·       Cancer death rates in the big cities are roughly in line with the rest of the country. Eight of the 14 cities have cancer mortality rates lower than the 2013 U.S. death rate, while six have a higher rate.

·       Heart disease death rates for women are similar to the rest of the country. Seven of the 14 cities have a higher heart disease mortality rate among women than the 2013 U.S. rate, while seven have a lower rate. 

The data in the graphics can be found in the Big Cities Health Inventory (BCHI) platform, a new open source database that provides indicators on the public health status of America’s largest cities including: Atlanta (Fulton, County), GA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas (Clark County), NV; Miami (Miami-Dade County), FL; Minneapolis, MN; New York City, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; San Antonio, TX; San Jose (Santa Clara County), CA; and Seattle, WA. The data are from 2013, the most recent year with comparable data available for a number of BCHC member cities.

Find more information about these graphics in this press release.

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