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Complete Health Indicator Report of Incidence of Thyroid Cancer

Definition

Incidence rate of invasive thyroid cancer for a defined population in a specified time interval. Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. Standard Population. Rates are per 100,000 population.

Numerator

Number of new cases of thyroid cancer among a defined population in a specified time interval.

Denominator

Defined population in a specified time interval.

Why Is This Important?

During 2015, 436 male and 1,355 female New Jersey residents were diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer is different than many adult cancers in that it occurs about 3 times more often in women than in men, and it is more frequently diagnosed in younger adults.

How Are We Doing?

Between 1990 and 2015, the age-adjusted thyroid cancer rate in females rose from 6.9 cases per 100,000 to 27.7 cases per 100,000. In males, the increase was smaller, from about 3 per 100,000 to about 9 per 100,000 in 2015. The reason for the sharp increase in thyroid cancer incidence rates, especially in recent years, is unknown. Theorized explanations include increased diagnosis of thyroid cancer by medical practitioners and increased prevalence of possible risk factors such as diagnostic radiation and obesity. The lifetime risk of developing thyroid cancer is 1 in 159 for men and 1 in 56 for women.

What Is Being Done?

A 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 death due to cancer among New Jersey residents. [https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ncccp/ccc_plans.htm]

Available Services

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has many programs and partnerships related to cancer data and information, cancer resources and cancer prevention. Cancer Epidemiology Services: [https://nj.gov/health/ces/] Interactive New Jersey cancer incidence and mortality data, as well as numerous publications, are available through the NJDOH website for cancer statistics and mapping. [https://www.nj.gov/health/ces/cancer-researchers/cancer-data/index.shtml] Office of Cancer Control and Prevention: [https://www.nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/occp.shtml] NJ Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED): [https://www.nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/njceed.shtml] NJ Commission on Cancer Research: [https://www.nj.gov/health/ces/cancer-researchers/njccr.shtml]

Data Tables


NJ Age-Adjusted Invasive Thyroid Cancer Incidence, by Year and Sex, 1990 - 2015

SexYearAge-Adjusted rate per 100,000Lower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 52
Male19902.92.43.6104
Male19912.11.72.678
Male19923.12.53.7115
Male19933.12.63.8115
Male19943.22.63.8120
Male19953.63.04.2139
Male19962.92.43.5109
Male19973.42.94.1134
Male19983.93.34.6154
Male19994.23.64.9170
Male20005.34.66.0215
Male20014.84.15.5197
Male20026.15.36.9248
Male20035.95.26.7247
Male20046.55.87.3274
Male20056.65.87.4281
Male20067.46.68.3317
Male20077.66.88.5331
Male20088.57.69.4368
Male20099.18.310.1403
Male20109.28.310.1416
Male201110.29.311.2467
Male201210.49.511.4478
Male201310.49.411.3487
Male201410.19.211.0469
Male20159.28.410.2436
Female19906.96.17.8289
Female19917.46.68.3309
Female19927.36.58.2309
Female19936.35.67.1271
Female19947.36.58.2314
Female19958.47.59.3364
Female19969.08.210.0390
Female19978.27.49.1360
Female19989.58.610.5424
Female199911.010.012.0492
Female200014.613.515.8663
Female200115.314.116.4693
Female200216.615.417.8761
Female200317.916.719.2831
Female200419.318.020.6896
Female200519.818.521.1929
Female200622.120.823.51,034
Female200722.120.823.51,043
Female200824.623.226.11,159
Female200928.527.030.11,368
Female201027.426.029.01,332
Female201127.325.828.81,327
Female201227.726.229.31,345
Female201329.527.931.11,438
Female201427.926.429.41,365
Female201527.726.229.31,355

Data Notes

Incidence rates (cases per 100,000 population per year) are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ..., 80-84, 85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified.

Data Sources

  • NJ State Cancer Registry, Dec 28, 2017 Analytic File, using NCI SEER*Stat ver 8.3.5, [https://seer.cancer.gov/seerstat/]
  • NJ population estimates as calculated by the NCI's SEER Program, released December 2016, [https://www.seer.cancer.gov/popdata/download.html]


NJ Age-Adjusted Invasive Thyroid Cancer Incidence by County, Males, 2011-2015

CountyAge-Adjusted Rate per 100,000 MalesLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 22
Atlantic8.76.611.362
Bergen10.89.512.2269
Burlington11.59.713.7139
Camden11.69.813.7149
Cape May4.92.88.218
Cumberland10.47.414.142
Essex7.46.38.8144
Gloucester12.910.415.899
Hudson6.14.97.5102
Hunterdon7.54.811.128
Mercer12.610.415.1121
Middlesex8.67.410.0180
Monmouth12.811.114.8217
Morris10.58.812.4146
Ocean12.710.914.7193
Passaic8.87.210.6110
Salem8.54.614.415
Somerset13.010.715.6118
Sussex8.05.511.435
Union9.27.711.0128
Warren7.54.611.522
New Jersey10.19.610.52,337

Data Notes

Incidence rates (cases per 100,000 population per year) are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ..., 80-84, 85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified. Number of cases (numerator) is the total count of cases in five years.

Data Sources

  • NJ State Cancer Registry, Dec 28, 2017 Analytic File, using NCI SEER*Stat ver 8.3.5, [https://seer.cancer.gov/seerstat/]
  • NJ population estimates as calculated by the NCI's SEER Program, released December 2016, [https://www.seer.cancer.gov/popdata/download.html]


NJ Age-Adjusted Invasive Thyroid Cancer Incidence by County, Females, 2011-2015

CountyAge-Adjusted Rate per 100,000 FemalesLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 22
Atlantic20.817.624.4158
Bergen28.025.930.1735
Burlington31.027.934.4385
Camden32.129.135.3446
Cape May28.721.737.173
Cumberland24.820.030.398
Essex17.215.519.1372
Gloucester29.926.134.0237
Hudson23.221.025.6425
Hunterdon25.119.831.588
Mercer35.231.639.2361
Middlesex29.327.031.6656
Monmouth35.332.438.3615
Morris30.527.533.8410
Ocean32.929.936.1516
Passaic24.822.127.7327
Salem29.221.339.049
Somerset31.828.235.8295
Sussex26.121.132.0105
Union26.624.029.4396
Warren26.520.833.382
New Jersey28.027.328.76,830

Data Notes

Incidence rates (cases per 100,000 population per year) are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ..., 80-84, 85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified. Number of cases (numerator) is the total count of cases in five years.

Data Sources

  • NJ State Cancer Registry, Dec 28, 2017 Analytic File, using NCI SEER*Stat ver 8.3.5, [https://seer.cancer.gov/seerstat/]
  • NJ population estimates as calculated by the NCI's SEER Program, released December 2016, [https://www.seer.cancer.gov/popdata/download.html]

References and Community Resources

More information on thyroid cancer is available from the American Cancer Society: [https://www.cancer.org/cancer/thyroid-cancer.html]; and from the NJ State Cancer Registry: [https://nj.gov/health/ces/documents/briefs/thyroid_cancer_incidence_bystage.pdf], and [https://nj.gov/health/ces/documents/briefs/thyroid_cancer_survival_byrace_eth.pdf].

Page Content Updated On 07/27/2018, Published on 08/06/2018
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