Mercer County Public Health Profile Report
Deaths due to Breast Cancer: Deaths per 100,000 Female Population, 2018-2020
Mercer22.5 95% Confidence Interval(18.6 - 26.4)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
Mercer Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Breast cancer is the second leading cause of deaths due to cancer among women in New Jersey, claiming more than 1,200 lives annually.
How Are We Doing?The age-adjusted death rate due to breast cancer among New Jersey females declined 37% between 2000 and 2020 and currently stands at 19.6 per 100,000. The rate is highest among Blacks, followed in order by Whites, Hispanics, and Asians. Healthy NJ 2020 targets were met by most racial/ethnic groups by the middle of the decade, so revised targets were set for the remainder of the decade. The revised targets for Blacks and Asians were achieved.
Evidence-based PracticesGetting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that average-risk women who are 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years.[https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/screening.htm ^1^]
Healthy People Objective C-3:Reduce the female breast cancer death rate
U.S. Target: 20.7 deaths per 100,000 females (age-adjusted)
State Target: 19.0 deaths per 100,000 females (age-adjusted)
Health Care System Factors:
Health Status Outcomes:
Data SourcesDeath Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Measure Description for Deaths due to Breast Cancer
Definition: Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the female breast as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 code: C50
Numerator: Number of deaths among females due to breast cancer
Denominator: Total number of females in the population