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Cancer Surveillance Unit

The Cancer Surveillance Unit responds to inquiries about suspected cancer clusters and related cancer concerns from the public. The Unit also monitors cancer patterns and trends an d provides up-to-date statistics on cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) and on cancer mortality for New Jersey.

Cancer is very common, affecting about 42% of men and 38% of women in the United States over their lifetime. Cancer is a group of over 100 different diseases, each with a different set of risk factors. Cancers may be caused by a variety of factors acting alone or together, usually over a period of many years. Scientists estimate that most cancers are due to a combination of heredity and lifestyle factors including cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, inadequate diet, and physical inactivity. Other risk factors include reproductive patterns, sexual behavior, sunlight exposure, certain infectious diseases, and exposure to cancer-causing agents in the workplace.

New and Noteworthy

Cancer Concerns

Other Resources

EOHS - Cancer Risk Factors

EOHS - Cancer Cluster


NJ Cancer Data Tool

Cancer-Rates.Info/NJ is your official source for New Jersey's cancer statistics. Use this tool to generate cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) and mortality data by county or for the entire state. This information is displayed in maps, tables, and graphs.