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Atlantic County Public Health Profile Report

Deaths due to Colorectal Cancer: Deaths per 100,000 Population, 2015-2017

  • Atlantic
    95% Confidence Interval (11.4 - 16.5)
  • Atlantic Compared to State

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    Description of Gauge

    Description of the Gauge

    This graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
    • 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.

    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.

Why Is This Important?

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in New Jersey.

How Are We Doing?

The age-adjusted death rate due to colorectal cancer decreased 42% between 2000 and 2017 and, by 2013, the original Healthy New Jersey targets for Whites, Blacks, and the total population had been met. The rate is highest among Blacks, followed in order by Whites, Hispanics, and Asians. The rate is higher among men than among women but the gap is slowly narrowing.

Evidence-based Practices

Screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. [ ^1^]

Healthy People Objective C-5:

Reduce the colorectal cancer death rate
U.S. Target: 14.5 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 12.9 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Related Indicators

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Health Status Outcomes:

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health   Population Estimates, [ State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development  

Measure Description for Deaths due to Colorectal Cancer

Definition: Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the colon, rectum, and anus as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 codes: C18-C21
Numerator: Number of deaths due to cancer of the colon, rectum, and anus
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population

Indicator Profile Report

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Colorectal Cancer (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

The information provided above is from the Department of Health's NJSHAD web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Wed, 16 October 2019 23:28:19 from Department of Health, New Jersey State Health Assessment Data Web site: ".

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