Exposing Skin Cancer [INFOGRAPH]

Here in Indiana, it has been an out of the ordinary summer. Normally, Hoosiers would be battling heat and humidity in late July, but instead we’ve been greeted with a cool and refreshing second half of the month – the type of weather that invites you to spend more time out in the sun.

However, as we venture out in the sun the rest of this summer, the ICC Data Committee reminds us of proper sun safety in our latest infograph Exposing Skin Cancer. This data visualization unveils all the good and bad that can happen with sun safety and skin cancer in only ten minutes. The infograph also shares key information on skin cancer risk factors, self-screening, and tanning bed restrictions nationwide. Data for the Exposing Skin Cancer infograph was compiled from a number of resources including the Indiana Cancer Registry, the Indiana Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2013, and the CDC.

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Exposing Skin Cancer in Indiana

Complete Streets [INFOGRAPH]

The city of Indianapolis adopted Indiana’s sixth Complete Streets policy on August 23. In honor of the success, the ICC has released our latest infograph that models a Complete Street, details the health and economic benefit of active transportation, and illustrates how much of Indiana is now covered by a Complete Streets policy.

Complete Streets legislation ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind including pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, mass transit riders, and those with disabilities. When “streets are complete,” alternative modes of transportation (walking, biking, etc.) are more attractive; physical activity is promoted; safety is improved for all users, and in the case of safe routes to school, safety is improved for children; and the unintended negative health outcomes of a less active lifestyle are minimized.

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The Impact of Cancer in Indiana [INFOGRAPH]

April is National Cancer Control Awareness Month. Cancer control month highlights advances in fighting cancer like prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer.

This month, the Indiana Cancer Consortium hosted our 2012 Annual Meeting on April 27 at Joseph E. Walther Hall at IUPUI. During the event, we unveiled the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2012 and our second infograph entitled “The Impact of Cancer in Indiana.”

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The Impact of Cancer in Indiana

HB 1149 and The Facts About Secondhand Smoke [INFOGRAPH]

On March 9, the Indiana General Assembly approved Indiana’s first statewide smoke-free air bill. While the ICC applauds the General Assembly and statewide press for giving House Bill 1149 the attention and publicity that it deserved, we cannot be satisfied with the final result. HB 1149 falls short in protecting Hoosier workers that are most vulnerable to secondhand smoke. The bill, which Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is expected to sign in the coming days, will stand as one of the weaker smoke-free air laws in the nation.

Today, the Indiana Cancer Consortium thanks all of our members for the time and effort dedicated to the strengthening and passing of HB 1149, but more importantly, we ask that our coalition quickly shifts focus to the local level. Therefore, as an aid in local conversations, the ICC proudly presents “The Facts About Secondhand Smoke” infograph. Spread the word via blogs, Facebook, and Twitter and help the ICC get secondhand smoke out of business!

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Facts About Secondhand Smoke in Indiana