Death from Cancer

Death from Cancer

What does this measure?

The number of deaths per year due to cancer, expressed as an age-adjusted rate per 100,000 residents.

Why is this important?

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania. Mortality rates for specific causes of death can show to what extent a community is embracing and implementing advances in prevention, care, and treatment of specific ailments.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, there were 175 deaths from cancer for every 100,000 people in Erie County. This was higher than both the state (165) and national (156) rates. Since 2000, Erie's rate decreased by 15%. During the same period, there were larger declines in cancer mortality rates in Pennsylvania (20%) and the U.S. (22%). Both the state and national rates have declined steadily since 2000, while Erie's rate experienced more fluctuations.

How do we compare to similar counties?

In 2016, the mortality rate for cancer in Erie County was similar to Stark County, OH (173), higher than in Broome County, NY (167) and Luzerne County, PA (166). Since 2000, Broome and Stark had declines in their cancer mortality rate that were similar to Erie's, while Luzerne had a larger decrease of 20%.

Notes about the data

Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies. National data are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; state- and county-level data are from state health departments.

Death from Cancer
United States200197194191187185182179176174173169167163161159156
Erie County, PA207212211210205204189198203178188184189176186173175
Broome County, NY203194197172177177192182161179164163156161158162167
Stark County, OH203199192191183182192190177189180178171168169170173
Luzerne County, PA208211188213188198189189194187175175181190187177166

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate per 100,000 residents

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