Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Cancer Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in United States, accounting for over 599,000 deaths in 2019, or about 21% of all deaths in the U.S. that year.  Thanks to advancements in medical knowledge, the death rate from cancer has dropped modestly over the past twenty years. From 197.0 cancer deaths per 100,000 population in 1999, the cancer death rate had dropped 7.3%, to 182.7 deaths per 100,000 population, by 2019.  The national trend in cancer deaths is also seen in the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. region, although the improvement has been more modest.  The region, which historically has worse cancer death rates than most sections of the country, saw its cancer death rate drop only 5.5% between 1999 and 2019, from 212.6 deaths per 100,000 population to 200.9 deaths per 100,000 population.  A closer examination of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about cancer deaths in the Southeastern U.S.:

Cancer Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.
Cancer Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.

Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
AL 9,506 10,289 10,266
AR 6,137 6,513 6,482
FL 38,478 40,932 45,583
GA 13,225 15,143 17,756
KY 8,925 9,634 9,975
LA 9,412 9,098 9,485
MS 6,143 6,131 6,587
NC 15,815 17,513 19,951
SC 8,089 9,123 10,487
TN 11,943 13,482 14,382
VA 13,365 14,122 15,045
WV 4,762 4,786 4,604
Region 145,800 156,766 170,603
U.S. 549,838 567,628 599,601
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
AL 214.6 216.2 209.4
AR 231.4 224.8 214.8
FL 244.2 219.4 212.2
GA 164.4 157.4 167.2
KY 222.1 223.2 223.3
LA 211.0 202.6 204.0
MS 217.2 207.2 221.3
NC 198.9 185.3 190.2
SC 203.5 198.8 203.7
TN 211.8 213.8 210.6
VA 190.9 178.2 176.3
WV 262.8 259.0 256.9
Region 212.6 201.5 200.9
U.S. 197.0 185.0 182.7

(*) number of cancer deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on July 17, 2021

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