DefinitionIncidence rate of invasive liver 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 liver cancer among a defined population in a specified time interval.
DenominatorDefined population in a specified time interval.
Why Is This Important?During 2015, 546 male and 150 female New Jersey residents were diagnosed with liver cancer. Cancer of the liver is more common in older people, and is more common in men than in women. Liver cancer rates are highest among Asians and Pacific Islanders, most likely because of higher prevalence of viral hepatitis infection.
How Are We Doing?Between 1990 and 2015, the age-adjusted liver cancer rate in males increased from 4.6 to 10.5 cases per 100,000. Among New Jersey females, the age-adjusted rate increased from 1.6 to 2.5 cases per 100,000 during the same interval. The lifetime risk of developing liver and bile duct cancer is 1 in 72 for men and 1 in 167 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]