Prostate Cancer In New Jersey 1979-1996
Prostate Cancer In New Jersey Compared To The United States

Incidence rates for NJ and the U.S. were compared using statistics from the National Cancer Institute's (SEER) Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results program. SEER mortality data for 1979-1996 were derived from an approximately 14 percent sample of the U.S. population from nine states or metropolitan areas from around the country.

For the years 1979 through 1991, the age-adjusted incidence rates for prostate cancer among New Jersey men were slightly lower than the SEER approximation of the U.S. rates (Figure 14). In 1992 through 1994 the incidence rates were almost the same. The data for 1995 and 1996 indicate that the decline in NJ incidence rates was not as rapid as in the SEER sample of the U.S. We do not know the reason for this shift, but it is possible that improved reporting of prostate cancer to the NJSCR during recent years contributed to the comparatively higher rates in NJ in recent years.

The U.S. mortality rates which were used to compare with those of NJ are based on all deaths in the nation. Figure 15 shows that NJ and U.S. mortality rates from prostate cancer were very similar but the mortality rates in NJ were slightly higher than those of the nation during recent years.

Figure 14

Figure 14
*Age-adjusted to the 1970 U.S. population

Figure 15

Figure 15
*Age-adjusted to the 1970 U.S. population


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