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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and third among women in New Jersey.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-5.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at
  • 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


Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the colon, rectum, and anus as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 codes: C18-C21


Number of deaths due to cancer of the colon, rectum, and anus


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the colorectal cancer death rate

U.S. Target: 14.5 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 15.8 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

Objective CA-5: Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to colorectal cancer per 100,000 standard population to 15.8 for the total population, 16.2 among Whites, 20.1 among Blacks, 9.5 among Hispanics, and 5.4 among Asians.

How Are We Doing?

The age-adjusted death rate due to colorectal cancer is decreasing and, by 2014, the Healthy New Jersey targets for Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and the total population had been met. The rate is highest among Blacks, followed in order by Whites, Hispanics, and Asians.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted death rate due to colorectal cancer is the same for New Jersey and the U.S., however New Jersey's rate is decreasing more quickly.

Evidence-based Practices

Screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. [ ^1^]

Available Services

The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for colorectal cancer. []
Page Content Updated On 07/14/2017, Published on 07/21/2017
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