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16,370

July 26, 2012

There were 16,370 cancer deaths in New Jersey last year, with 49,080 cancer diagnoses, according to the American Cancer Society of New Jersey.

The state has both a higher cancer incidence rate and death rate than the national average, and prostate cancer is the state’s most common form of the disease. Lung cancer is the largest killer, causing more than 4,100 deaths last year.

The most striking finding of a new report from the American Cancer Society is that cancer rates are higher in South Jersey than North Jersey. The report calls it a “Tale of Two States” and points to a higher rate of lung cancer in South Jersey, most likely due to a higher rate of smoking.

In North and Central Jersey, the cancer incidence rates range from a low of Hudson County’s 439.6 per 100,000 to a high of 519.6. Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Passaic, Middlesex, and Union counties all had less than 500 per 100,000. In South Jersey, the lowest rate was 484 per 100,000 in Cumberland while all other counties were higher than 500 per 100,000 with the highest being Cape May County at 578.8 per 100,000.

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