Thursday, July 28, 2022

Regional Cancer Death Rates in the U.S.

Cancer accounted for 602,350 deaths in the United States in 2020. Relative to the size of the U.S. population, that translated to a cancer death rate of 182.8 deaths per 100,000 population, making cancer the second leading cause of death in the U.S., surpassed only by heart disease. Analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC, provides the following details about regional cancer death rates in the U.S.  Follow the "region" links in the table below to see state-level data within each region:

Regional Cancer Death Rates in the U.S.

Region Deaths Population Death Rate*
Far West 89,869 56,579,620 158.8
Great Lakes 95,354 46,834,910 203.6
Great Plains 41,272 21,481,834 192.1
Mid-Eastern 90,410 48,757,828 185.4
New England 28,748 14,847,468 193.6
Rocky Mountain 17,883 12,547,416 142.5
Southeastern 171,979 85,565,785 201.0
Southwestern 66,835 42,869,262 155.9
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.

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