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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Melanoma of the Skin

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Of the three most common types of skin cancer, melanoma causes the most deaths. [ ^1^]


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-8.

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 melanoma of the skin as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 code: C43


Number of deaths due to malignant melanoma of the skin


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the melanoma of the skin cancer death rate

U.S. Target: 2.4 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 2.4 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-8''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to melanoma of the skin per 100,000 standard population to 2.4 for the total population and 3.0 among Whites.

How Are We Doing?

People with light complexions have the highest risk of melanoma of the skin, thus the age-adjusted incidence rate among Whites is more than 20 times that of Blacks. The death rate due to melanoma among males is more than double that of females. Because every racial/ethnic group other than Whites has fewer than 10 melanoma deaths per year, rates are only shown for Whites and Healthy NJ 2020 targets were only set for Whites.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The death rate due to melanoma of the skin in New Jersey is below that of the nation as a whole.

Available Services

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has many programs and partnerships related to cancer resources, cancer information and cancer prevention. []
Page Content Updated On 07/14/2017, Published on 07/21/2017
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Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:08 EDT