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Incidence of Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Year and Sex, 1990 to 2020

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Why Is This Important?

In New Jersey, 2,532 men and 2,765 women were diagnosed with cancer of the lung and bronchus during 2020. Lung cancer causes the most cancer deaths among New Jersey residents - over 1,540 among men and 1,588 among women in 2020. Cigarette smoking is believed to be responsible for almost 90% of all lung cancer cases. Other risk factors include second-hand smoke, residential radon exposure, high doses of ionizing radiation such as might be received from therapeutic radiation treatment, and certain occupational exposures. Air pollution, specifically particulates from burning fossil fuel, is also a risk factor for lung cancer.


Incidence rate of invasive lung and bronchus 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.

Data Notes

  • Data have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.
  • Incidence rates (cases per 100,000 population per year) are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ..., 80-84, 85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified. 2020 data are considered preliminary and should not be used in trend analyses; an approximate 10% decrease in the number of cancer cases diagnosed in 2020 compared to 2019, is partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients experienced difficulties scheduling medical appointments and cancer screening tests in 2020.

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How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of new cases of lung and bronchus cancer among a defined population in a specified time interval.
  • Denominator:

    Defined population in a specified time interval.

Related Health Objectives and Indicators

Environmental Public Health Tracking Indicator CA-23

Description: Incidence of lung and bronchus cancer

Relevant Population Characteristics

Environmental risk factors include air pollution, arsenic in drinking water, asbestos, radon, and secondhand tobacco smoke.

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Health Care System Factors

See [] for lung cancer screening recommendations.

Risk Factors

Personal risk factors include cigarette smoking, personal or family history of lung cancer, and a history of radiation therapy to the chest,

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Health Topic Pages Related to: Incidence of Lung and Bronchus Cancer

Indicator Data Last Updated On 10/24/2023, Published on 05/24/2024
Cancer Epidemiology Services, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 369, Trenton, NJ 08625-0369, e-mail: (