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QuickStats: Death Rates* for Five Leading Types of Cancer --- United States, 1999--2007

The figure shows the death rates for five leading types of cancer in the United States from 1999-2007. Age-adjusted death rates for lung, prostate, breast, and colon cancer declined during 1999-2007. The rate decreased by 9.6% for lung cancer, 23.9% for prostate cancer, 15.2% for breast cancer, and 19.6% for colon cancer. The death rate for pancreatic cancer did not change significantly during this period.

* Age-adjusted rates per 100,000 U.S. standard population.

Cancer deaths were coded according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, effective 1999. The following codes were used: lung (C34), colon (C18--C20 and C26.0), breast (C50), pancreatic (C25), and prostate (C61) cancer. Rates for breast cancer are limited to female deaths and population denominators. Rates for prostate cancer are limited to male deaths and population denominators.

Age-adjusted death rates for lung, prostate, breast, and colon cancer declined during 1999--2007. The rate decreased by 9.6% for lung cancer, 23.9% for prostate cancer, 15.2% for breast cancer, and 19.6% for colon cancer. The death rate for pancreatic cancer did not change significantly during this period.

Source: Xu J, Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: final data for 2007. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2010;58(19). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_19.pdf.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the death rates for five leading types of cancer in the United States from 1999-2007. Age-adjusted death rates for lung, prostate, breast, and colon cancer declined during 1999-2007. The rate decreased by 9.6% for lung cancer, 23.9% for prostate cancer, 15.2% for breast cancer, and 19.6% for colon cancer. The death rate for pancreatic cancer did not change significantly during this period.



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