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 Death Rates Description
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Death Rates Table
Purpose: Provide a table of mortality statistics for use in assessing the burden and risk for a major cancer site for the US overall or for a selected state and its counties or parishes. The Healthy People 2010 objective for the US is provided in order to give perspective on how favorably or unfavorably a location compares to this overall goal. The 95% Confidence Intervals for the rates and trends provide a measure of how certain or uncertain the point estimates are and can be used to generally assess how different a rate or trend is from another.

Cancer statistics require careful interpretation. See the information page about interpret rankings for insight into interpreting cancer statistics particularly if you are a new user of cancer statistics.

The Quick Reference Guide provides an introduction to the interactive features of this table

Data Sources:

  • Mortality data are provided by the National Vital Statistics System at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Population counts for denominators in the calculation of rates and trends are provided to the National Cancer Institute by the U.S. Census Bureau and use the National Center for Health Statistics file needed to bridge from the Census 2000 multiple race coding to historical groupings of race and ethnicity.
  • Rates are calculated using SEER*Stat.
  • Trends are determined by using Joinpoint analysis of available historical data and reporting the last segment as the most recent trend.