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Allocating Funding to Reduce Cancer Mortality

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Goal: create a visualization that shows how patent filings in the nine patent categories listed below correlate to changes in the cancer mortality rate over time for different age groups.

1. Drugs_and_Chemistry

2. Diagnostic_and_Surgical_Devices

3. Radiation_Measurement

4. Data_Science

5. Food_and_Nutrition

6. Model_Systems_and_Animals

7. Cells_and_Enzymes

8. Other_and_Preclassification

9. DNA_RNA_or_Protein_Sequence

A negative correlation between patents filed and cancer mortality rate is an indicator that increased research in that category may reduce cancer mortality. The following categories had a strong negative correlation between patents filed and cancer mortality for all age groups except 85+:

1. Diagnostic_and_Surgical_Devices

2. Data_Science

3. DNA_RNA_or_Protein_Sequence

The age group where the negative correlation is the strongest among these three categories is 55-64 years. Increasing funding in these areas may lead to further decreases in cancer mortality, especially in the 55-64 age group.

Two additional categories had strong negative correlations for all age groups except 75-84 and 85+.

1. Model_Systems_and_Animals

2. Cells_and_Enzymes

Increasing funding in these areas may lead to further decreases in cancer mortality for patients under 75. It is not known if 75 and over patients used medical procedures derived from these two categories at lower rates than patients under 75, which could explain the lack of benefit.

Four categories showed little or no negative correlations.

1. Food_and_Nutrition

2. Drugs_and_Chemistry

3. Radiation_Measurement

4. Other_and_Preclassification

Funding in these areas did not correlate well to decreased cancer mortality

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