Silent Spring Institute researchers have compiled information about breast cancer and the Cape Cod environment as part of the Cape Cod Breast Cancer and Environment Study (Cape Cod Study).
Expanding on the extensive geographic data resources of MassGIS and the Cape Cod Commission, Silent Spring Institute, working with Applied Geographics, Inc. (AGI), developed an innovative geographic information system (GIS). The GIS is a central data management and analysis tool in the Cape Cod Study. By mapping data in the GIS, researchers are able to look for patterns and regional differences in breast cancer incidence and environmental features. The Silent Spring Institute GIS is the first to integrate current and historical information on the Cape environment for use in health studies.
Creation of this atlas was funded by a grant from The Dolphin Trust. Updating and maintenance of this atlas are supported through a grant from the Jesse and Juanita Grimes Fund for Humanitarian Services at the Community Foundation of Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Breast Cancer and Environment Study is supported with funds appropriated by the Massachusetts legislature and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.