It’s the state where new cancer cases have fallen the most since 2000 – 24/7 Wall St.
The leading causes of death have remained roughly the same for over a decade. In 2020, COVID-19 changed that. It was the third leading cause of death that year, with 350,831 fatalities. The figure will almost certainly be higher in 2021 when the CDC releases the latest numbers. The top two spots have been consistent for years. In 2020, the number of deaths from heart disease was 696,962. Deaths from cancer were 602,350. Both of these are related, in part, to the American lifestyle, which includes poor diet, obesity, and the lack of exercise.
For cancer specifically, the risks include aging, personal or family history of cancer, smoking, obesity, alcohol, sunlight and other radiation, certain viruses, and carcinogens found in the body. ‘environment. Avoiding or reducing these risk factors when possible could help prevent cancer.
While we can’t control aging — the median age of a cancer diagnosis is 66 — we can downplay many other factors. Even a simple increase in human papillomavirus vaccination rates would help prevent some cases of cancer, since infections with high-risk HPV types cause almost all cervical cancers.
Smoking rates continue to decline, from 23.3% of adults in 2000 to 13.7% in 2018, but no tobacco use is safe. Smoking remains a leading cause of cancer – not just lung cancer, but several other types as well – and death from cancer. Further reducing smoking rates would also have a significant impact.
While smoking rates have declined, obesity rates have tended to rise. Nationally, the adult obesity rate increased from 30.5% in 1999-2000 to 42.4% in 2017-2018. Obese people (those with a body mass index of 30 and above) may have an increased risk of cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, kidney, pancreas, etc.
As is the case with most demographic figures, cancer rates vary from place to place. To find the state where cancer incidence rates have declined the most since 2000, 24/7 Tempo looked at cancer incidence data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER online database. States were ranked by percentage change in cancer incidence rate – the number of cancer cases per 100,000 population adjusted for age – from 2000 to 2018 (exceptions are noted). Adult obesity rates come from prevalence and trend data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Median household income figures are five-year estimates for 2020 from the Census Bureau American Community Survey.
Although the number of cancer cases increased in every US state between 2000 and 2018, 43 states managed to reduce cancer incidence rates from 1.5% to nearly 34% (due in part to changes demographics) – and nationally, the cancer incidence rate fell from 484.28 per 100,000 population in 2000 to 435.77 per 100,000 in 2018, a decrease of 10%.
The state where new cancer cases have fallen the most since 2000 is New Jersey. Here are the details:
> Percent. evolution of cancer incidence rate, 2000-2018: -33.89%
> Cancer cases, 2000: 46,465 or 530.0 per 100,000 – 3rd highest
> Cancer cases, 2018: 53,194 or 350.4 per 100,000 – the lowest
> Change in adult obesity rate: 7.2 ppt (from 18.5% in 2000 to 25.7% in 2018)
> Median household income, 2020: $85,245 – 2nd highest
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