Mortality Rate from Cancer
What does this measure?
The age-adjusted mortality rate due to cancer per 10,000 residents of a region.
Why is this important?
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the leading cause of death in Massachusetts. High mortality rates can indicate high overall rates of cancer or challenges to diagnosing and effectively treating cancer.
How is our county doing?
In 2014, Essex County's cancer mortality rate was 15 deaths per 10,000 residents, equal to the state and just lower than the national rate of 16 per 10,000. The rate in Essex County decreased from 21 in 2000, similar to state and national declines.
How do we compare to similar counties?
Essex County was a bit above both Middlesex, MA and Lake, IL at 14 cancer deaths per 10,000 residents and Westchester, NY at 13. All areas showed a steady decline in cancer-related deaths, with a decrease of around 5 deaths per 10,000 from 2000.
Notes about the data
Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies.