Interpretation of Death Rates Data

Death Rate Report for Maine by County, Death Years Through 2012 Melanoma of the Skin
Healthy People 2020 Objective Number: C-8
Reduce the melanoma cancer death rate
All Races (includes Hispanic), Both Sexes, All Ages
Sorted by Rate
County
Met Healthy People Objective of 2.4? 1 Annual Death Rate
over rate period deaths per 100,000
(95% Confidence Interval)
Average Deaths per Year
over rate period
Rate Period Recent Trend 2 Recent Average Annual Percent Change2
in Death Rates
(95% Confidence Interval)
Recent Trend Period2
Maine (State) No 3.0 (2.6, 3.4) 51 2008 - 2012 stable stable trend 0.6 (-0.1, 1.4) 2008 - 2012
United States No 2.7 (2.7, 2.7) 9,071 2008 - 2012 stable stable trend -0.0 (-0.1, 0.1) 2008 - 2012
Hancock County No 4.4 (2.6, 7.2) 4 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
York County No 3.9 (2.9, 5.2) 10 2008 - 2012 stable stable trend 1.3 (-0.5, 3.1) 2008 - 2012
Kennebec County No 3.6 (2.3, 5.3) 5 2008 - 2012 stable stable trend 1.3 (-2.0, 4.7) 2008 - 2012
Androscoggin County No 3.2 (1.9, 5.0) 4 2008 - 2012 stable stable trend 0.2 (-2.6, 3.0) 2008 - 2012
Penobscot County No 2.9 (1.9, 4.3) 5 2008 - 2012 stable stable trend 0.1 (-2.6, 2.8) 2008 - 2012
Cumberland County Yes 2.3 (1.7, 3.2) 8 2008 - 2012 stable stable trend 0.3 (-1.8, 2.5) 2008 - 2012
Aroostook County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Franklin County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Knox County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Lincoln County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Oxford County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Piscataquis County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Sagadahoc County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Somerset County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Waldo County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Washington County * * 3 or fewer 2008 - 2012 ** ** **
Notes:
Created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 08/03/2015 6:38 am.
State Cancer Registries may provide more current or more local data. Data presented on the State Cancer Profiles Web Site may differ from statistics reported by the State Cancer Registries (for more information).

Trend
Rising when 95% confidence interval of average annual percent change is above 0.
Stable when 95% confidence interval of average annual percent change includes 0.
Falling when 95% confidence interval of average annual percent change is below 0.
* Data has been suppressed to ensure confidentiality and stability of rate estimates.
** Data are too sparse to provide stable estimates of annual rates needed to calculate trend.
1 Healthy People 2020 Objectives provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2 The Average Annual Percent Change (AAPC) is based on the APCs calculated by Joinpoint Regression Program (Version 4.2). Due to data availability issues, the time period used in the calculation of the joinpoint regression model may differ for selected counties.

Source: Death data provided by the National Vital Statistics System public use data file. Death rates calculated by the National Cancer Institute using SEER*Stat. Death rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ... , 80-84, 85+). The Healthy People 2020 goals are based on rates adjusted using different methods but the differences should be minimal. Population counts for denominators are based on Census populations as modified by NCI. The 1969-2013 US Population Data File is used with mortality data.

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