DefinitionDeaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the prostate as the underlying cause of death
ICD-10 code: C61
NumeratorNumber of deaths among males due to cancer of the prostate
DenominatorTotal number of males in the population
Why Is This Important?Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the U.S.[http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/ ^1^] and, in New Jersey, is the second leading cause of death due to cancer among men.
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the prostate cancer death rateU.S. Target: 21.8 deaths per 100,000 males (age-adjusted)
State Target: 15.4 deaths per 100,000 males (age-adjusted)
Other Objectives'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-7''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to prostate cancer per 100,000 standard male population to 15.4 for the total population, 13.9 among Whites, 38.6 among Blacks, and 10.9 among Hispanics.
'''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-7''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to prostate cancer per 100,000 standard male population to 21.2 for the total population, 19.6 among Whites, 48.1 among Blacks, and 17.6 among Hispanics.
How Are We Doing?The death rate due to prostate cancer among all New Jersey males is trending downward and all original Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets have been met. The rate among Blacks has halved since 2000 but remains more than double the rates among other racial/ethnic groups.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The age-adjusted death rate due to prostate cancer among New Jersey males is below that of the nation as a whole and New Jersey has one of the lowest age-adjusted prostate cancer death rates in the U.S. [https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html ^2^]
What Is Being Done?The New Jersey [https://nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/occp.shtml Office of Cancer Control and Prevention (OCCP)] coordinates comprehensive cancer control efforts in New Jersey. Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process by which a community and its partners pool resources to reduce illness and death due to cancer through prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation.