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 2020, Essex County's cancer mortality rate was 13 deaths per 10,000 residents, similar to the state and national rate of 14 per 10,000. The rate in Essex decreased from 21 in 2000, similar to state and national declines.
How do we compare to similar counties?
Essex County was a bit above Westchester, NY at 11 cancer deaths per 10,000 residents and similar to both Middlesex, MA and Lake County, IL (both at 13). All areas showed a steady decline in cancer-related deaths, with a decrease of around 7 deaths per 10,000 from 2000.
Notes about the data
Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies.