Friday, March 3, 2023

Male vs. Female Cancer Death Rates in New England

Over 602,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2020 were attributable to cancer.  In the six-state New England region, cancer accounted for 28,748 fatalities in 2020.  At 193.6 cancer deaths per 100,000 population, the New England region had the third-highest regional cancer death rate 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, males and females in New England both had cancer death rates per 100,000 population that were above the national average for their respective genders.  An examination of data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about male vs. female cancer death rates in New England.:

Male vs. Female Cancer Death Rates in New England

Male vs. Female Cancer Death Rates in New England

Deaths Population Death Rate*
Regionwide 28,748 14,847,468 193.6
     Male 15,020 7,242,931 207.4
     Female 13,728 7,604,537 180.5
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:  Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

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 22, 2023

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