## Interpretation of Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer Data

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

North Dakota Counties versus United States

All Cancer Sites

All Races, Both Sexes

Sorted by Priority Index

North Dakota 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 -
- 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

**North Dakota**

- 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 1,290
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 161.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 157.0 to 165.1
- The rate ratio is 0.926472060
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.3 to -0.9
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Eddy County**

- The priority index is 2
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is 10
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 221.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 161.1 to 301.9
- The rate ratio is 1.271532380
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 2.0 with a 95% confidence interval from 0.0 to 4.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Rolette 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 27
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 225.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 188.0 to 267.5
- The rate ratio is 1.296202983
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.8 to 1.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Adams 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 154.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 106.2 to 224.2
- The rate ratio is 0.887095250
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.7 to 0.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Barnes 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 28
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 159.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 133.4 to 189.7
- The rate ratio is 0.916967799
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to 0.7
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Benson 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 14
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 196.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 152.3 to 249.0
- The rate ratio is 1.128786356
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.6 to 4.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Bottineau 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 19
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 176.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 141.7 to 219.5
- The rate ratio is 1.016676786
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.4 to 0.8
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Bowman 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 198.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 148.0 to 264.0
- The rate ratio is 1.140541161
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to 1.5
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Burke 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 6
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 206.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 135.9 to 305.7
- The rate ratio is 1.187959313
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.1 to 0.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Cavalier 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 154.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 113.3 to 209.1
- The rate ratio is 0.888258846
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.5 to 0.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Foster 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 195.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 146.7 to 258.7
- The rate ratio is 1.124485305
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.2 to 3.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Golden Valley 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 4
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 160.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 97.4 to 256.8
- The rate ratio is 0.922376873
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to 2.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Grant 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 140.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 98.3 to 204.5
- The rate ratio is 0.808187558
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.1 to 1.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Griggs 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 10
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 212.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 152.0 to 297.0
- The rate ratio is 1.224935676
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.7 to 3.8
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Hettinger 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 8
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 160.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 114.7 to 226.1
- The rate ratio is 0.923314982
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.0 to 1.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**LaMoure 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 10
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 140.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 101.7 to 192.2
- The rate ratio is 0.808427241
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.9 to 1.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**McIntosh 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 10
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 152.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 110.8 to 213.2
- The rate ratio is 0.878023821
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.1 to 0.5
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Mercer 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 19
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 171.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 138.0 to 211.7
- The rate ratio is 0.987258914
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.2 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Mountrail 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 14
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 166.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 129.3 to 210.3
- The rate ratio is 0.955348554
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.9 to 0.9
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Nelson 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 180.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 132.2 to 246.1
- The rate ratio is 1.039365835
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.4 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Oliver 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 4
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 168.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 98.9 to 272.2
- The rate ratio is 0.969825841
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 2.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.1 to 6.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Ramsey 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 30
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 177.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 149.2 to 209.6
- The rate ratio is 1.020004721
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.7 to 1.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Ransom 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 209.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 166.4 to 261.4
- The rate ratio is 1.204326026
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to 1.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Sargent 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 10
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 191.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 142.0 to 254.7
- The rate ratio is 1.101318509
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.4 to 2.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Sioux 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 255.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 172.8 to 362.5
- The rate ratio is 1.471376079
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.8 to 3.7
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Stutsman 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 53
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 177.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 156.6 to 201.6
- The rate ratio is 1.023595694
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.5 to 0.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Towner 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 165.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 109.5 to 246.9
- The rate ratio is 0.951289350
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to 2.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Traill 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 22
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 170.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 138.0 to 208.6
- The rate ratio is 0.979406020
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.2 to 1.3
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Ward 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 113
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 175.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 161.3 to 191.1
- The rate ratio is 1.011238173
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.4 to 0.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Williams 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 50
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 180.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 158.6 to 205.5
- The rate ratio is 1.040438192
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.4 to 0.4
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Divide 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 4
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 110.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 66.9 to 181.0
- The rate ratio is 0.633090314
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.7 to 0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Dunn 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 5
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 99.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 65.6 to 149.0
- The rate ratio is 0.574393210
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.7 to 0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Kidder 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 5
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 121.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 76.3 to 188.8
- The rate ratio is 0.698763888
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.4 to 0.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Logan 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 5
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 105.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 65.1 to 174.0
- The rate ratio is 0.605783839
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.6 to 1.9
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**McLean 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 21
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 139.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 113.3 to 171.9
- The rate ratio is 0.804391553
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.6 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Renville 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 4
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 94.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 56.2 to 153.3
- The rate ratio is 0.540782269
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.1 to 1.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Stark 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 47
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 145.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 127.3 to 166.6
- The rate ratio is 0.839277894
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -17.4 to 25.2
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Emmons 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 12
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 164.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 121.6 to 223.4
- The rate ratio is 0.946834740
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.9 to -0.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Grand Forks 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 101
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 173.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 158.5 to 189.7
- The rate ratio is 0.999106867
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.7 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**McHenry 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 12
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 138.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 103.4 to 182.8
- The rate ratio is 0.795523726
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.7 to -0.6
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**McKenzie 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 157.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 118.7 to 205.9
- The rate ratio is 0.907523617
- 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

**Morton 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 58
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 176.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 156.7 to 198.7
- The rate ratio is 1.016903336
- 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

**Pembina 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 21
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 168.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 136.3 to 207.3
- The rate ratio is 0.969305149
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.0 to -1.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Richland 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 164.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 139.9 to 191.6
- The rate ratio is 0.944136645
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to -0.5
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Wells 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 14
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 159.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 122.4 to 208.7
- The rate ratio is 0.917656083
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.4 to -0.0
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Burleigh 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 137
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 152.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 141.5 to 165.0
- The rate ratio is 0.879857461
- 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

**Cass 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 190
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 150.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 140.4 to 160.1
- The rate ratio is 0.863165592
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to -1.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Dickey 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 11
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 115.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 86.5 to 153.9
- The rate ratio is 0.665723731
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.5 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Pierce 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 10
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 112.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 81.6 to 153.7
- The rate ratio is 0.644909013
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -14.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -24.5 to -2.8
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Steele 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 3
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 104.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 60.3 to 177.4
- The rate ratio is 0.601671907
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -6.8 to -0.7
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Walsh 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 25
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is 134.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 111.5 to 161.6
- The rate ratio is 0.773654582
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.8 to -1.8
- The recent trend period is 2007 - 2011

**Billings County**

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- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is *
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**Sheridan County**

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- The average deaths per year (2007-2011) is *
- The annual death rate (2007-2011) is *
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**Slope County**

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- The recent trend is **
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**Notes:**

Created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 10/25/2014 7:54 am.

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.

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