Prostate Cancer In New Jersey 1979-1996
Summary Of Statistical Trends

* Number of new cases: The number of newly diagnosed cases of invasive prostate cancer in New Jersey rose gradually from 1979 until 1988 and then rose rapidly until 1992 (almost 8,000 cases) after which the annual number declined.

* Rate of new cases: The annual age-adjusted incidence rate (number of new cases per 100,000 men) rose from 75.9 to 194.2 between 1979 and 1992 and then declined.

* Incidence rates according to race: Black men had consistently higher age-adjusted rates of prostate cancer compared to white men. The pattern of changing incidence rates during this period was similar for white and black men.

* Incidence rates by age group: Prostate cancer annual incidence rates increase with age; less than one per 100,000 among men below age 45 and over 1,000 per 100,000 among men over age 75.

* Stage of cancer at diagnosis: The proportion of men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the early stages of the disease (in situ and localized) increased from about 55 percent in 1984 to about
67 percent in 1996.

* Number of deaths: Deaths due to prostate cancer increased from 744 in 1979 to 1,201 in 1993 and declined slightly since then.

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