Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Male vs. Female Cancer Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

More than 602,000 deaths in the United States in 2020 were attributable to cancer.  In the Mid-Eastern region of the country, which encompasses five states and the District of Columbia, cancer accounted for 90,410 fatalities in 2020.  In line with a national pattern, the cancer death rate for females in the region was modestly lower than it was for males.  That said, the cancer death rate for women in the region was marginally worse than the female national average cancer death rate, whereas, for men in the region, the cancer death rate was slightly lower than the male national average.  An examination of data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about male vs. female cancer death rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.:

Male vs. Female Cancer Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S

Male vs. Female Cancer Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

Deaths Population Death Rate*
Regionwide 90,410 48,757,828 185.4
     Male 45,806 23,747,834 192.9
     Female 44,604 25,009,994 178.3
Nationwide     602,350 329,484,123 182.8
     Male 317,731 162,256,202 195.8
     Female 284,619 167,227,921 170.2

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

Report Period: 2020

States in Region:  Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia

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 February 11, 2023

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