The age-adjusted mortality rate due to cancer per 10,000 residents of a region.
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.
In 2016, Essex County's cancer mortality rate was 14 deaths per 10,000 residents, slightly below the state (15) and national rate of 16 per 10,000. The rate in Essex decreased from 21 in 2000, similar to state and national declines.
Essex County was a bit above Westchester, NY at 13 cancer deaths per 10,000 residents, equal to Middlesex (14) and below 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.
Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies.