Number of the Day: 18.6

July 24, 2012 | Number of The Day

New Jerseyans die more frequently from colon cancer than the average American does, since there are about 18.6 deaths per 100,000 each year from the disease, according to statehealthfacts.org, a website of the Kaiser Family Foundation. The U.S. average is 16.9 per 100,000.

Despite this stark statistic, New Jerseyans have a higher rate of colonoscopies than the national average, 65.6 percent vs. 64.2 percent. Early detection of colon cancer via colonoscopies is considered essential in order to prevent death.