October 18, 2013 | Number of The Day
Number of cancer cases diagnosed among NJ residents in 2010

New Jersey’s rate of cancer is high — 48,207 incidences were reported in 2010. And its overall rate is higher than the rest of the United States, as is the mortality rate. There were 16,815 deaths in 2010 due to cancer in New Jersey. However, the rate of mortality for black, Asian, and Hispanic women due to cancer was lower.

The good news is that the overall age-adjusted cancer mortality rates for men and women in New Jersey are declining. The rate of both incidence and mortality is higher for men than women, which cut across all races and ethnicities.

The cancer incidence rate for men was 589.3 per 100,000 for the years 2006-2010 combined. The top five cancers for men were prostrate, lung, colon and rectum, urinary bladder, and skin melanoma.

For women, the rate for the same period was 454.3 per 100,000. The top cancers were breast, lung, colon, endometrial, and thyroid.

When it comes to mortality, the types of cancer more likely to lead to death were lung, prostate, and colon for men; and lung, breast, and colon for women.