## Interpretation of Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer Data

**Death Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer, death years through 2011**

Montana Counties versus United States

All Cancer Sites

All Races, Both Sexes

Sorted by Priority Index

Montana Counties versus United States

All Cancer Sites

All Races, Both Sexes

Sorted by Priority Index

**United States**

- The priority index is -
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is - the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 569,473
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 173.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 173.6 to 174.0
- The rate ratio is -0.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.6 to -1.5
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Montana**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 1,928
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 163.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 160.5 to 167.1
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to -1.5
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Musselshell County**

- The priority index is 4
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is above the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 16
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 234.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 183.8 to 296.9
- The rate ratio is 1.3
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.6 to 2.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Blaine County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 13
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 187.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 143.5 to 241.0
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to 1.5
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Broadwater County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 13
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 176.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 135.5 to 227.8
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.4 to 1.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Chouteau County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 13
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 153.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 118.2 to 196.9
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.5 to 1.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Daniels County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 7
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 197.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 135.4 to 290.3
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.2 to 0.9
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Dawson County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 24
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 198.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 162.9 to 239.1
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.5 to 1.8
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Deer Lodge County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 26
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 180.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 149.7 to 215.7
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.5 to 0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Fallon County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 9
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 225.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 163.5 to 304.7
- The rate ratio is 1.3
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.1 to 4.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Glacier County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 24
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 206.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 170.9 to 248.0
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.7 to 1.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Hill County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 32
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 187.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 159.5 to 219.6
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.0 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Jefferson County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 25
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 199.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 164.0 to 241.2
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.2 to 1.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Judith Basin County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 5
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 142.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 90.7 to 220.4
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.9 to 2.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Meagher County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 5
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 155.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 97.3 to 244.8
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.4 to 2.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Mineral County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 12
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 182.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 137.5 to 240.5
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.0 to 1.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Pondera County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 16
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 176.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 138.3 to 222.5
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.6 to 1.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Powell County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 18
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 193.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 155.2 to 240.2
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.9 to 0.8
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Richland County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 20
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 173.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 140.7 to 211.8
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.6 to 0.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Roosevelt County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 18
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 179.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 143.5 to 222.0
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.9 to 1.5
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Rosebud County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 15
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 174.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 136.4 to 219.2
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.6 to 0.5
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Sheridan County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 13
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 188.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 143.5 to 247.6
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to 1.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Sweet Grass County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 9
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 163.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 116.9 to 224.1
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to 2.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Teton County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 15
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 162.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 126.9 to 206.8
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to 1.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Toole County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 11
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 184.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 138.4 to 242.1
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.5 to 2.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Park County**

- The priority index is 7
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 31
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 144.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 122.1 to 169.8
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 6.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -6.6 to 21.7
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Ravalli County**

- The priority index is 7
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 89
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 153.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 139.3 to 169.2
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.7 to 0.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Big Horn County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 16
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 159.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 126.0 to 198.6
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.5 to -1.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Cascade County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 162
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 163.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 151.9 to 174.8
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to -0.9
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Custer County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 31
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 189.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 160.0 to 223.0
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Fergus County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 34
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 171.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 145.8 to 201.4
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.7 to -0.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Flathead County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 166
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 158.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 147.2 to 169.3
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to -1.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Lake County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 61
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 166.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 147.8 to 186.2
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.9 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Lewis and Clark County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 124
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 173.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 159.3 to 187.6
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.8 to -0.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Lincoln County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 54
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 177.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 156.6 to 201.7
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.6 to -0.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Madison County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 18
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 144.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 115.3 to 180.4
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.6 to -1.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Missoula County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 173
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 167.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 156.4 to 179.6
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.3 to -0.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Phillips County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 11
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 154.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 115.6 to 205.8
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.9 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Sanders County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 31
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 167.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 140.8 to 199.0
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.6 to -0.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Silver Bow County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 78
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 170.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 153.9 to 188.9
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.5 to -1.9
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Yellowstone County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 285
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 168.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 159.7 to 177.5
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.5 to -0.7
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Beaverhead County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 15
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 136.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 106.8 to 171.4
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.8 to -0.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Carbon County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 20
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 132.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 107.6 to 163.4
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.3 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Gallatin County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 99
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 136.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 124.7 to 149.8
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to -0.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Granite County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 5
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 100.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 62.3 to 158.7
- The rate ratio is 0.6
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -4.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -8.1 to -1.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Liberty County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 4
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 101.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 61.5 to 164.9
- The rate ratio is 0.6
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -6.2 to -0.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Stillwater County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 16
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 135.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 106.5 to 170.3
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.0 to -0.8
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Valley County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 13
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 118.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 90.7 to 153.3
- The rate ratio is 0.7
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.7 to -0.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Carter County**

- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is **
- The comparison to US is *
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is *
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The recent average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Garfield County**

- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is **
- The comparison to US is *
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is *
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The recent average annual percent change in death rates is **
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**Golden Valley County**

- The priority index is **
- The recent trend is **
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 4
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 251.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 146.8 to 424.2
- The rate ratio is 1.4
- The average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**McCone County**

- The priority index is **
- The recent trend is **
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 5
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 174.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 108.4 to 273.5
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Petroleum County**

- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is **
- The comparison to US is *
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is *
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The recent average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Powder River County**

- The priority index is **
- The recent trend is **
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 6
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 168.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 111.1 to 259.5
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Prairie County**

- The priority index is **
- The recent trend is **
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 3
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 145.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 80.0 to 266.0
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Treasure County**

- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is **
- The comparison to US is *
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is *
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The recent average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Wheatland County**

- The priority index is **
- The recent trend is **
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 5
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 154.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 99.4 to 234.2
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Wibaux County**

- The priority index is **
- The recent trend is **
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 3
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 214.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 109.9 to 384.5
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Notes:**

Created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 07/02/2015 5:28 pm.

Trend

Rate Comparison

* Data has been suppressed to ensure confidentiality and stability of rate and trendestimates.^{2}**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.Rate Comparison

**Above**when 95% confident the rate is above and Rate Ratio^{3}> 1.10**Similar**when unable to conclude above or below with confidence.**Below**when 95% confident the rate is below and Rate Ratio^{3}< 0.90** Data are too sparse to provide stable estimates of annual rates needed to calculate trend.

^{1}Priority indices were created by ordering from rates that are rising and above the comparison rate to rates that are falling and below the comparison rate.

^{2}Recent trend in death rates is Average Annual Percent Change (AAPC) based on the APCs calculated by Joinpoint Regression Program. Due to data availability issues, the time period used in the calculation of the joinpoint regression model may differ for selected counties.

^{3}Rate ratio is the county rate divided by the US rate.

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 1969-2012 US Population Data File is used with mortality data.

Note: When the population size for a denominator is small, the rates may be unstable. A rate is unstable when a small change in the numerator (e.g., only one or two additional cases) has a dramatic effect on the calculated rate. Suppression is used to avoid misinterpretation when rates are unstable.

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).