DefinitionDeaths with malignant melanoma of the skin as the underlying cause of death
ICD-10 code: C43
NumeratorNumber of deaths due to malignant melanoma of the skin
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
Why Is This Important?Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Of the three most common types of skin cancer, melanoma causes the most deaths. [https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/what-is-skin-cancer.htm ^1^]
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the melanoma of the skin cancer death rateU.S. Target: 2.4 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 1.9 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
Other Objectives'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-8''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to melanoma of the skin per 100,000 standard population to 1.9 for the total population and 2.5 among Whites.
'''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-8''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to melanoma of the skin per 100,000 standard population to 2.4 for the total population and 3.0 among Whites.
How Are We Doing?People with light complexions have the highest risk of melanoma of the skin, thus the age-adjusted incidence rate among Whites is more than 20 times that of Blacks. Because every racial/ethnic group other than Whites has fewer than 15 melanoma deaths per year, annual rates are only shown for Whites and a separate Healthy NJ 2020 target was only set for Whites. Revised targets for the total population and Whites were met in 2017.
The death rate due to melanoma among males is more than double that of females.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The death rate due to melanoma of the skin in New Jersey is below that of the nation as a whole but the difference is not statistically significant.