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Cancer Deaths

United States Cancer Deaths (1990-2013) see more
  • Number of deaths due to all causes of cancer per 100,000 population.
Ranking Value State
0 211.4 District of Columbia
1 141.3 Utah
2 156.2 Hawaii
3 164.3 Colorado
4 167.9 New Mexico
5 171.1 Arizona
6 172.3 California
7 176.7 Idaho
8 177.2 North Dakota
9 178.3 Montana
10 179 Connecticut
11 179.5 New York
12 180.1 Wyoming
13 181.6 South Dakota
14 182.4 Texas
15 183.4 Nebraska
16 184 Florida
17 184.9 Minnesota
18 187.4 New Jersey
19 188.2 Kansas
20 188.6 New Hampshire
20 188.6 Washington
22 189.3 Iowa
23 190.3 Massachusetts
24 190.5 Wisconsin
25 191.3 Nevada
26 191.4 Maryland
27 191.5 Oregon
28 191.9 Georgia
29 192 Virginia
30 192.3 Vermont
31 193.1 Rhode Island
32 195 Alaska
33 196 North Carolina
34 199.2 Illinois
35 200 Michigan
36 200.3 Pennsylvania
37 202.8 Delaware
38 203 South Carolina
39 203.5 Maine
40 204.5 Missouri
41 207.7 Ohio
42 209 Indiana
43 209.6 Oklahoma
44 214.1 Alabama
45 214.5 Tennessee
46 216.4 Arkansas
47 219.1 West Virginia
48 219.2 Louisiana
49 219.9 Mississippi
50 226.9 Kentucky

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Cancer Deaths is the 3-year average, age-adjusted number of deaths attributed to cancer per 100,000 population. The 2013 ranks are based on 2008 to 2010 multiple cause of death data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The rates are age-adjusted using NCHS’s bridged-race population estimates. The following ICD-10 codes were used: C00-C97 (Malignant neoplasms); D00-D09 (In situ neoplasms); and D37-D48 (Neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior).

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and the cancer deaths measure is an indication of the toll it places on the population.[1] Cancer kills more than 575 million[1] people a year and costs over $48 billion in direct medical costs.[2] Significant opportunities exist to reduce the risk of developing some cancers and to treat others. The CDC provides information on the cancer burden in the United States and estimates one third of all cancer deaths are attributable to tobacco use and another third are attributable to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and obesity.[3] Other types of cancer, such as colon and cervical, may be preventable through vaccinations, screening, and/or early detection.

Cancer mortality varies from a low of 141.3 cancer deaths per 100,000 population in Utah to 226.9 deaths per 100,000 population in Kentucky. The national average is 190.6 deaths per 100,000 population, unchanged from the 2012 Edition and a decrease of only 10 deaths per 100,000 population from the 2003 Edition. Cancer deaths peaked in 1996 when the national rate was 205.5 deaths per 100,000 population.

Healthy People 2020’s target is to reduce cancer mortality to 160.6 deaths per 100,000 population.



[1] Hoyert DL, Xu J. Deaths: Preliminary data for 2011. National Vital Statistics Reports. 2012;61(6).

[2] Tangka, FK. Cancer treatment cost in the United States. Cancer. 116.14 (2010):3477.

[3] American Cancer Society. Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures 2012. American Cancer Society. 2012.