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Cape May County Public Health Profile Report

Deaths due to Cancer: Deaths per 100,000 Standardized Population, 2015

  • Cape May
    177.8
    95% Confidence Interval (151.0 - 204.6)
    State
    150.8
    U.S.
    158.5
  • Cape May Compared to State

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    Description of Gauge

    Description of the Gauge

    This graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
    • Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
    • Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.

    The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."
    NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.

Why Is This Important?

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and New Jersey. It is the leading cause of death among persons 45-79 years of age as well as the leading cause of death among Hispanics and Asians in New Jersey. It is the second leading cause of death among Whites and Blacks.

How Are We Doing?

The age-adjusted death rate due to cancer has been slowly declining for several years. In New Jersey, over 16,000 deaths each year are due to cancer. In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have higher death rates than females. The age-adjusted death rate due to cancer is highest among Blacks in New Jersey but the gap is narrowing. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) range from a low of 130 in Hunterdon to a high of 194 in Cumberland.

What Is Being Done?

A Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan was developed by the Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment in New Jersey which aims to reduce the incidence, illness, and deaths due to cancer among New Jersey residents, [http://nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/occp.shtml http://nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/occp.shtml].

Healthy People Objective C-1:

Reduce the overall cancer death rate
U.S. Target: 161.4 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 161.5 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health   Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development  

Measure Description for Deaths due to Cancer

Definition: Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: C00-C97
Numerator: Number of deaths due to all types of cancer
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population

Indicator Profile Report

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to All Cancers (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

07/07/2017
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Content updated: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:52:40 EST