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.
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-1.
- 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 IssuesICD-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
- by Year, New Jersey and the United States, 2000-2015 (HNJ2020)
- by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2015
- by Race/Ethnicity and Sex, New Jersey, 2015
- among Males, by Year and Type, New Jersey, 2000-2015
- among Females, by Year and Type, New Jersey, 2000-2015
- by Race/Ethnicity and Type of Cancer, New Jersey, 2013-2015
- by County, New Jersey, 2015
DefinitionDeaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: C00-C97
NumeratorNumber of deaths due to all types of cancer
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the overall cancer death rateU.S. Target: 161.4 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 161.5 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
Other ObjectivesObjective 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 130 in Hunterdon to a high of 194 in Cumberland.
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, [http://nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/occp.shtml http://nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/occp.shtml].
Available ServicesThe New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has many programs and partnerships related to cancer resources, cancer information, and cancer prevention, including the [http://www.nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/njceed.shtml New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED)] and [http://www.nj.gov/health/ces/cancer-researchers/cancer-data/ interactive cancer incidence mapping]. See [http://nj.gov/health/ces/ http://nj.gov/health/ces/] for more information.
Page Content Updated On 07/07/2017, Published on 07/07/2017