A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Cancer Data Visualization

Recorded On: 02/12/2020

Cancer data is often available in reports, public data files, and slide decks, but these methods for disseminating data are not interactive, user-friendly, or visually appealing. While data visualizations are available from national cancer organizations, the Louisiana Tumor Registry (LTR) decided that creating a tool tailored to the needs of Louisiana would be a valuable contribution to the dissemination and use of its cancer registry data. Thus, the LTR collaborated with a data visualization specialist to create a user-friendly portal for Louisiana cancer data. The objective of this webinar is to describe the experience of developing an effective data visualization from the perspective of both the data visualization specialist and the state cancer registry.

Lauren Maniscalco


Lauren Maniscalco earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the LSUHSC School of Public Health in New Orleans, LA in 2010. Following the completion of her master's degree, she began working as the Special Studies Coordinator for the Louisiana Tumor Registry (LTR) and became the Registry Liaison in 2016. Ms. Maniscalco manages data dissemination, co-authors the LTR’s annual monographs and reports, and coordinates the data visualization project.

Cathy Bledsoe


Cathy Bledsoe has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health. She has worked with cancer registries since 2011, first with the Colorado Central Cancer Registry and later as a contractor with the Cancer Surveillance Branch at CDC. In 2017, she co-founded One Health Insights, a consulting company focused on helping public health and environmental organizations use their data effectively.