Thursday, June 23, 2022

Cancer Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

In 2020, cancer accounted for 602,350 deaths in the United States, with 95,354 of those cancer deaths occurring in the five-state Great Lakes region.  As such, the Great Lakes states accounted for nearly 16% of all cancer deaths in the U. S. that year.  At 203.6 deaths per 100,000 population, the Great Lakes region had a cancer death rate in 2020 that was more than 11% above the national average.  All five states in the region had a cancer death rate that was worse than the national average.  No other section of the country had a worse regional cancer death rate in 2020 than did the Great Lakes region.  An additional review of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics details the following about cancer death rates in the Great Lakes region:

Cancer Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Cancer Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Illinois 24,015 12,587,530 190.8
Indiana 13,664 6,754,953 202.3
Michigan 21,158 9,966,555 212.3
Ohio 24,863 11,693,217 212.6
Wisconsin 11,654 5,832,655 199.8
     Region 95,354 46,834,910 203.6
U.S. 602,350 329,484,123 182.8

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

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on June 18, 2022

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