Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of deaths due to cancer in New Jersey and in the nation as a whole. This is true for both males and females and for each racial/ethnic group. In the United States, 80-90% of lung cancer deaths are due to smoking[https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm ^1^] which is an avoidable risk factor.
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-2. Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.
- Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
- Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
DefinitionDeaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the trachea, bronchus, and lung as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 codes: C33-C34
NumeratorNumber of deaths due to cancer of the trachea, bronchus, and lung
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the lung cancer death rateU.S. Target: 45.5 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 31.5 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
Other Objectives'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-2''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to lung cancer per 100,000 standard population to 31.5 for the total population, 35.2 among Whites, 33.8 among Blacks, 13.8 among Hispanics, and 13.5 among Asians. '''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-2''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to lung cancer per 100,000 standard population to 42.0 for the total population, 46.8 among Whites, 41.7 among Blacks, 15.3 among Hispanics, and 13.1 among Asians.
How Are We Doing?The age-adjusted death rate due to lung cancer halved between 2000 and 2020 and the original and revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets have been met by all racial/ethnic groups. The rates among Whites and Blacks are more than double those of Hispanics and Asians and the rate among males is well above that of females but the gap is narrowing. Rates by county range from a low of 19 in Hudson to a high of 42 in Cumberland.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The age-adjusted death rate due to lung cancer among New Jersey residents is significantly lower than that of the nation as a whole.
Evidence-based PracticesThe most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings. Get your home tested for radon.[https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/prevention.htm ^2^]
Available ServicesThe New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has many programs and partnerships related to cancer resources, cancer information and cancer prevention. [http://nj.gov/health/ces/] Smoking Cessation: [http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/tobacco/quitting/]
Health Program InformationNJDOH Cancer Programs: [https://www.nj.gov/health/ces/]
Page Content Updated On 05/05/2022, Published on 05/05/2022