Monday, August 9, 2021

Cancer Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region

Cancer is the number two cause of death in USA, accounting for more than 599,000 deaths in 2019, or about 21% of all deaths in the United States that year.  Thanks to improvements in medical science, the death rate from cancer dropped modestly from 1999 to 2019. In 1999 the U.S. experienced 197.0 cancer deaths per 100,000 population, but by 2019 the cancer death rate had dropped 7.3%, to 182.7 deaths per 100,000 population.  The favorable national trend in cancer deaths was also seen in the five-state Rocky Mountain region, although the improvement was more modest, with the region's death rate declining only 3.5% between 1999 and 2019.  That said, the Rocky Mountain region had the lowest cancer death rate of any region of the U.S. in both 1999 and 2019.  The region's 2019 cancer death rate of 139.7 deaths per 100,000 population was more than 23% lower than the national average.  A deeper look at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about cancer deaths in the Rocky Mountain region:

Cancer Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region

Cancer Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region


Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
CO 5,863 6,950 7,986
ID 2,162 2,458 2,928
MT 1,854 1,914 2,099
UT 2,393 2,555 3,289
WY 899 936 1,016
Region 13,171 14,813 17,318
U.S. 549,838 567,628 599,601
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
CO 138.7 139.8 138.7
ID 169.5 158.1 163.8
MT 206.6 194.5 196.4
UT 108.6 93.8 102.6
WY 182.8 167.2 175.5
Region 144.8 137.2 139.7
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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