DefinitionIncidence rate of invasive mesothelioma 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 mesothelioma among a defined population in a specified time interval.
DenominatorDefined population in a specified time interval.
Why Is This Important?During 2015, 84 male and 44 female New Jersey residents were diagnosed with mesothelioma. The main risk factor for developing mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
How Are We Doing?Between 1990 and 2015, the average age-adjusted mesothelioma rate in males was 2.9 per 100,000. In females, the average age-adjusted mesothelioma rate was 0.6 per 100,000.
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]