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The new Web site not only tracks infectious disease, cancer, diabetes, drug use and heart disease rates, but also several economic and social factors. And according to Dr. Ulder Tillman, the county's chief health officer, those indicators paint the public health picture in the county.

Tillman says one of the first numbers that jumped out at her was the county's lack of affordable housing.

"If residents have to put so much of their hard-earned income into their housing, then they have to less to afford on good nutrition, physical activity and taking care of their health needs," she says. "Then that means there's a competition. Are they going to pay for their mortgage or their rental? Or are they going to be taking their medications?"

The site shows Montgomery County's rates of cervical, breast and prostate cancers, as well as syphillis and high cholesterol, are higher than the state average.

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