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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Melanoma of the Skin

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. [https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics/index.htm ^1^] Of the three most common types of skin cancer, melanoma causes the most deaths. [https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/what-is-skin-cancer.htm ^2^]

Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-8.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [https://wonder.cdc.gov/Deaths-by-Underlying-Cause.html]
  • 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

Definition

Deaths with malignant melanoma of the skin as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 code: C43

Numerator

Number of deaths due to malignant melanoma of the skin

Denominator

Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the melanoma of the skin cancer death rate

U.S. Target: 2.4 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 1.9 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-8''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to melanoma of the skin per 100,000 standard population to 1.9 for the total population and 2.5 among Whites. '''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-8''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to melanoma of the skin per 100,000 standard population to 2.4 for the total population and 3.0 among Whites.

How Are We Doing?

People with light complexions have the highest risk of melanoma of the skin, thus the age-adjusted incidence rate among Whites is more than 15 times that of Blacks. Because every racial/ethnic group other than Whites had fewer than 13 melanoma deaths per year, annual rates are only shown for Whites and a separate Healthy NJ 2020 target was only set for Whites. Revised targets for the total population and Whites were met in 2017 but a slight increase in 2020 caused the rates to rise above the revised targets but not the original targets. The death rate due to melanoma among males is more than double that of females.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The death rate due to melanoma of the skin in New Jersey is the same as that of the nation as a whole.

Available Services

The 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/]
Page Content Updated On 04/28/2022, Published on 04/28/2022
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