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Cancer Mortality Data Trends for 2000-2010

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At a Glance

  • In California and nationally, cancer (malignant neoplasms) was the second leading cause of death for each year from 2000 through 2010.
  • Cancers from lung, colon, breast, pancreas, and prostate accounted for more than 50 percent of cancer deaths in California.
  • Cancer deaths increased with age. Approximately 70 percent of cancer deaths occurred among those aged 65 and older.  Those aged 65 to 84 accounted for 53.5 percent of deaths, and those aged 85 and older represented 15.7 percent of cancer deaths.
  • There was a statistically significant downward trend in California’s mortality rate for cancer.  California’s age-adjusted cancer death rate dropped from 182.2 in 2000 to 156.6 in 2010, a 14.1 percent decrease.
  • Consistently higher age-adjusted cancer death rates were seen in males than females.  However, both males and females exhibited statistically significant decreasing trends.
  • The highest age-adjusted cancer mortality rates by race/ethnicity occurred in Blacks.
  • Significant decreasing cancer trends were observed in Asians, Blacks, Hispanics and Whites.  Two or More Races category experienced a significant increase, possibly due to improved race reporting on the death certificate.
  • Statistically significant decreasing trends were seen in 32 of California’s 58 counties. Humboldt County demonstrated the greatest numerical and percentage decreases when comparing 2000 to 2010 data.
  • For the study period, the lowest average age-adjusted cancer death rate occurred in Lassen County.  The highest average age-adjusted cancer death rate occurred in Mariposa County.

This report was authored by Alicia Van Hoy, MA, Research Program Specialist I. Please contact DAReports@cdph.ca.gov for further information.

Read More:
At a Glance
California Total Population
Male and Female Populations
Race/Ethnic Group Differences
Sex Differences Within Race/Ethnic Groups
County of Residence Populations
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Technical Notes
Vital Statistics Query System

Helpful Resources
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
California Cancer Registry

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