What’s the story?
Although the number of cancer deaths has experienced a significant drop, as the 2nd leading cause of death in New Jersey, our State, like all states, still witnesses the devastating toll of cancer. Nationally, one in two men and one in three women will get a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes and more than half of all these diagnoses will occur after the age of 65. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014 51,130 New Jerseyans will be diagnosed with cancer and that more than 16,000 will die from the disease.
By the Numbers
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in New Jersey. It is the leading cause of death among persons 40-79 years of age as well as the leading cause of death among all racial/ethnic groups except whites for whom it is the second leading cause of death.
Four cancers—breast, lung, prostate and colorectal represent approximately half of all new cancer diagnoses and half of all cancer deaths in the state. In New Jersey, over 16,000 deaths each year are due to cancer. For example, lung cancer is the leading cause of deaths due to cancer in New Jersey and in the nation as a whole. This is true for both males and females and for each racial/ethnic group. In addition, breast cancer is the second leading cause of deaths due to cancer among women in New Jersey, claiming on average1,400 lives annually. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and, in New Jersey, is the second leading cause of death due to cancer among men.
The New Jersey Department of Health and our partners recognize that each of these statistics represents a person’s life in our State and collaborated on a Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan /Comprehensive Chronic Disease Management Plan. Prevention, early detection, and treatment are the foundation to this Plan to combat cancer.
The New Jersey Department of Health has developed strong collaborative efforts with our partners, including, the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the American Cancer Society. Additionally, the Department helps to support efforts through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED) which provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers.
There are four units responsible for the DOH cancer initiatives: Cancer Epidemiology Services, NJ Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED), NJ Commission on Cancer Research and the Office of Cancer Control and Prevention. Some of the activities related to these initiatives include: the State Cancer Registry, which collects data on cancer incidence among New Jersey residents, generates cancer statistics, analyzes cancer trends and conducts research activities; outreach and screening services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents of the state; a commission to fund and promote innovative research into the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer, and finally an office dedicated to implementing the NJ Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan by coordinating statewide and local activities designed to reduce the incidence, illness and death due to cancer in New Jersey.
Did you know?
In the United States, about 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and almost 80% of lung cancer deaths in women are due to smoking.
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* Rate per 100,000 population
† Only one year of data currently available