Friday, July 1, 2022

Cancer Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

In 2020, the Mid-Eastern U.S. region, which encompasses five states and the District of Columbia, recorded 90,410 deaths that were attributed to cancer, or about 15% of the 602,350 cancer deaths that year in the entire United States.  At 185.4 deaths per 100,000 population, the Mid-Eastern U.S. had a cancer death rate in 2020 that was 1.4% higher than the national average.  These regional results were, however, skewed by particularly high cancer death rates in Delaware and Pennsylvania, two states that ranked amongst the ten states nationally with the worst cancer death rates.  Other parts of the Mid-Eastern region recorded cancer death rates that were better than the national average.  A closer examination of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reveals the following details about cancer death rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S. region:

Cancer Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

Cancer Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Delaware 2,141 986,809 217.0
District of Columbia 984 712,816 138.0
Maryland 10,799 6,055,802 178.3
New Jersey 15,576 8,882,371 175.4
New York 32,955 19,336,776 170.4
Pennsylvania 27,955 12,783,254 218.7
     Region 90,410 48,757,828 185.4
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 25, 2022

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