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Somerset County Public Health Profile Report

Deaths due to Prostate Cancer: Deaths per 100,000 Male Population, 2018-2020

  • Somerset
    95% Confidence Interval (10.2 - 16.8)
  • Somerset Compared to State

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    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."
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Why Is This Important?

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the U.S.[ ^1^] and, in New Jersey, is the second leading cause of death due to cancer among men.

How Are We Doing?

The death rate due to prostate cancer among all New Jersey males is trending downward and all original Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets have been met. The rate among Blacks has halved since 2000 but remains more than double the rates among other racial/ethnic groups.

What Is Being Done?

The New Jersey [ Office of Cancer Control and Prevention (OCCP)] coordinates comprehensive cancer control efforts in New Jersey. Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process by which a community and its partners pool resources to reduce illness and death due to cancer through prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation.

Healthy People Objective C-7:

Reduce the prostate cancer death rate
U.S. Target: 21.8 deaths per 100,000 males (age-adjusted)
State Target: 15.4 deaths per 100,000 males (age-adjusted)

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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 Prostate Cancer

Definition: Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the prostate as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 code: C61
Numerator: Number of deaths among males due to cancer of the prostate
Denominator: Total number of males in the population

Indicator Profile Report

Age-adjusted Death Rate due to Prostate 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 Sat, 18 May 2024 15:04:27 from Department of Health, New Jersey State Health Assessment Data Web site: ".

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