DefinitionIncidence rate of invasive esophagus 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.
NumeratorNumber of new cases of esphageal cancer among a defined population in a specified time interval.
DenominatorDefined population in a specified time interval.
Why Is This Important?During 2015, 376 male and 102 female New Jersey residents were diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer does have some modifiable risk factors. You can reduce your risk of developing this disease by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, watching your diet and body weight, and getting treated for gastroesophageal reflux disease or Barrett's esophagus.
How Are We Doing?Between 1990 and 2015, the age-adjusted esophageal cancer rate in males averaged 8.5 cases per 100,000. In females, the average rate was 2.2 cases per 100,000. The lifetime risk of developing esophageal cancer is 1 in 132 for men and 1 in 455 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]