Geo-Relationship between Cancer Cases and the Environment by GIS: A Case Study of Trabzon in Turkey

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Yomralioglu T., Colak E. H., Aydinoglu A. C.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, vol.6, no.12, pp.3190-3204, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Cancer is an important health issue in Turkey because it ranks as the second cause of death in the country. Examination of the relationships between the distribution of cancer cases and geo-environmental factors is significant in determining the causes of cancer. In this study, GIS were used to provide data about the distribution of cancer types in Trabzon province, Turkey. To determine the cancer occurrence density, the cancer incidence rates were calculated according to local census data, then a cancer density map was produced, and correlations between cancer types and geographical factors were examined.