Somerset County Public Health Profile Report
Incidence of All Invasive Cancers: Rate per 100,000 Standardized Population, 2016
Somerset434.7 95% Confidence Interval(414.1 - 456.1)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.
Somerset 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?In New Jersey, approximately 25,500 men and 26,000 women were diagnosed with any type of invasive cancer in 2016. The risk of developing cancer can be reduced with healthy lifestyle choices like avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, protecting your skin from the sun and avoiding indoor tanning, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, keeping a healthy weight, and being physically active.[https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/index.htm ^1^]
How Are We Doing?Over the years, the age-adjusted incidence rate due to invasive cancer has continued to decline for NJ males but has remained fairly steady for NJ females. In the total NJ population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have higher incidence rates compared to females. The age-adjusted incidence rate of total invasive cancer among NJ Black males, which has historically ranked highest for decades, is now trending below White males in recent years. For recent years, county incidence rates range from a low of 389 per 100,000 population in Hudson County to a high of 544 per 100,000 population in Gloucester County.
What Is Being Done?A [https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ncccp/ccc_plans.htm Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan] was developed by the Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment in New Jersey which aims to reduce the incidence, illness, and deaths due to cancer among New Jersey residents.
Health Care System Factors:
- Breast Cancer Screening
- Cervical Cancer Screening
- Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Prostate Cancer Screening
- Cigarette Smoking Among Adults
- Alcohol Consumption - Binge Drinking
- Obesity Among Adults
- Cigarette Use among Middle School Students
- Current Tobacco Use among High School Students
- Nonsmokers Exposed to Secondhand Smoke
- Cigarette Use among High School Students
Health Status Outcomes:
- Deaths due to Breast Cancer
- Deaths due to Colorectal Cancer
- Deaths due to Lung Cancer
- Deaths due to Melanoma of the Skin
- Deaths due to Prostate Cancer
- Incidence of Colorectal Cancer
- Incidence of Late-Stage Breast Cancer
- Cancer Five-Year Survival Rate
- Incidence of Bladder Cancer
- Incidence of Breast Cancer in Females
- Incidence of Lung & Bronchus Cancer
- Incidence of Melanoma of the Skin
- Incidence of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Incidence of Thyroid Cancer
- Deaths due to Cancer
Data SourcesNew Jersey State Cancer Registry, Cancer Epidemiology Services, New Jersey Department of Health, [https://www.nj.gov/health/ces/reporting-entities/njscr/]
Measure Description for Incidence of All Invasive Cancers
Definition: The age-adjusted rate of invasive cancer per 100,000 population. ICD-O codes: C00-C97
Numerator: Number of persons with invasive cancer
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population