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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Cancer

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.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-1.

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, []

Data Interpretation Issues

ICD-10 codes for site-specific cancers: *Breast: C50 *Cervical: C53 *Colorectal: C18-C21 *Lung: C33-C34 *Melanoma of skin: C43 *Oropharyngeal: C00-C14 *Prostate: C61


Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: C00-C97


Number of deaths due to all types of cancer


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: 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)

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-1''': Reduce the age-adjusted death rate due to all cancers per 100,000 standard population to 161.5 for the total population, 170.2 among Whites, 186.8 among Blacks, 91.9 among Hispanics, and 65.3 among Asians. There are several Healthy New Jersey objectives related to specific types of cancer. They are addressed in separate indicator profiles.

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 128 in Somerset to a high of 208 in Salem.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Since 2012, the New Jersey age-adjusted death rate due to cancer has been statistically significantly below that of the U.S. as a whole.

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, [].

Available Services

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has many programs and partnerships related to cancer resources, cancer information, and cancer prevention, including the [ New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED)] and [ interactive cancer incidence mapping]. See [] for more information.
Page Content Updated On 04/20/2018, Published on 04/20/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:08 EDT