Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Save the Tatas

This quick map shows data from the CDC's 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) broken into standard deviations.  The pale gray states represent states where the percentage of women over the age of 40 reporting they have had the recommended mammogram in the past 2 years.  Gold states have better mammogram percentages.  Purple states have worse.

Massachusetts stands out as having the highest percentage of women over 40 who have had a mammogram. This much higher percentage for the Bay State likely results from the high percentage of women who have health insurance thanks to the program signed into law by Gov. Mitt Romney that has since become the model for the Affordable Care Act.

On the other extreme are the western states of Oklahoma, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana where significantly lower percentages of women have had mammograms.

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