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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the U.S.[ ^1^] and, in New Jersey, is the second leading cause of death due to cancer among men.

Age-adjusted Death Rate due to Prostate Cancer by County, New Jersey, 2018-2020

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [ State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the prostate as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 code: C61


Number of deaths among males due to cancer of the prostate


Total number of males in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the prostate cancer death rate

U.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. [ ^2^]

What Is Being Done?

The New Jersey [ 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.

Available Services

The [ New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program] provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for prostate cancer to men at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level who are uninsured or under-insured.
Page Content Updated On 04/29/2022, Published on 04/29/2022
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