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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of deaths due to cancer in New Jersey and in the nation as a whole. This is true for both males and females and for each racial/ethnic group. In the United States, 80-90% of lung cancer cases are due to smoking[ ^1^] which is an avoidable risk factor.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-2.

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 trachea, bronchus, and lung as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 codes: C33-C34


Number of deaths due to cancer of the trachea, bronchus, and lung


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the lung cancer death rate

U.S. Target: 45.5 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 42.0 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-2''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to lung cancer per 100,000 standard population to 42.0 for the total population, 46.8 among Whites, 41.7 among Blacks, 15.3 among Hispanics, and 13.1 among Asians.

How Are We Doing?

The age-adjusted death rate due to lung cancer declined by more than one-third from 2000 to 2016 and Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets have been met by all racial/ethnic groups except Asians. The rates among Whites and Blacks are triple those of Hispanics and Asians and the rate among males is well above that females but the gap is narrowing. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) range from a low of 28 in Middlesex and Somerset to a high of 54 in Salem.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted death rate due to lung cancer among New Jersey residents is significantly lower than that of the nation as a whole.

Evidence-based Practices

The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings. Get your home tested for radon.[ ^2^]

Available Services

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has many programs and partnerships related to cancer resources, cancer information and cancer prevention. [] Smoking Cessation: []

Health Program Information

NJDOH Cancer Surveillance Unit: [ Radon and Smoking: A Risky Combination] NJ State Cancer Registry Data Brief: [ Lung Cancer Incidence, 1979-2013]
Page Content Updated On 07/03/2018, Published on 07/03/2018
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Content updated: Tue, 4 Sep 2018 05:00:56 EDT