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Deaths due to Lung Cancer by Year, New Jersey and the United States, 2000 to 2020

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Why Is This Important?

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[ ^1^] which is an avoidable risk factor.


Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the trachea, bronchus, and lung as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 codes: C33-C34

Data Notes

  • Data have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.
  • This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-2.

Data Sources

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of deaths due to cancer of the trachea, bronchus, and lung
  • Denominator:

    Estimated number of persons in the population

Related Health Objectives and Indicators

  • Health Initiative: HNJ2020

    Healthy NJ 2020 Objective CA-2

    NJ Target: Reduce lung cancer deaths to 31.4 per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) for the total population, 13.7 for Asians, 33.8 for Blacks, 13.8 for Hispanics, and 35.0 for Whites by 2020

Risk Factors

According to the NCI[ ^3^], exposure to radiation or occupational exposure to asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, or nickel increases the risk of lung cancer mortality in addition to incidence in a dose-dependent manner. Exposure to outdoor air pollution, specifically small particles, also increases the risk of lung cancer mortality in addition to incidence.

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Health Topic Pages Related to: Deaths due to Lung Cancer

Indicator Data Last Updated On 04/10/2023, Published on 06/05/2024
Cancer Epidemiology Services, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 369, Trenton, NJ 08625-0369, e-mail: (