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Interpretation of Incidence Rates Data

Incidence Rate Report by State

All Races (includes Hispanic), Female, Colon & Rectum, All Ages
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Explanation of Column Headers

Incidence Rate (95% Confidence Interval) - The incidence rate is based upon 100,000 people and is an annual rate (or average annual rate) based on the time period indicated. Rates are age-adjusted by 5-year age groups to the 2000 U.S. standard million population.

Other Notes

  • Larger confidence intervals indicate less stability of the data. This is often due to low counts that are not quite low enough to be suppressed.
  • Data is currently being suppressed if there are fewer than 16 counts for the time period.


    Line by Line Interpretation of the Report


    US (SEER+NPCR)1,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 34.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 34.6 to 35.1.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 65,686 §.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4
    Utah3,8
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 29.1 with a 95% confidence interval from 26.1 to 32.4.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 342.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.4
    Arizona2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 29.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 27.6 to 31.1.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,120.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.5
    New Mexico3,8
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 30.0 with a 95% confidence interval from 27.0 to 33.3.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 371.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -0.7
    Wyoming2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 30.6 with a 95% confidence interval from 24.7 to 37.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 97.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2
    Oregon2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 30.7 with a 95% confidence interval from 28.5 to 33.1.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 749.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.3
    Colorado2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 31.2 with a 95% confidence interval from 29.1 to 33.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 835.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.6
    Virginia2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 31.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 30.1 to 33.4.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,488.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4
    Texas2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 32.1 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.1 to 33.1.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 4,133.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4
    Delaware2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 32.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 27.8 to 37.4.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 191.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -5.6
    Florida2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 32.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.8 to 33.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 4,545.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.7
    North Carolina2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 32.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.4 to 34.4.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,916.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.8
    Washington4,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 32.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.1 to 34.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,285.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.3
    Maryland2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.1 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.2 to 35.1.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,162.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.3
    California3
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.1 with a 95% confidence interval from 32.3 to 33.9.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 6,818.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : *
    • Recent AAPC : *
    South Carolina2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.2 to 35.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 976.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.9
    Massachusetts2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.7 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.9 to 35.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,449.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.8
    Alaska2
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 27.3 to 41.3.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 106.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : *
    • Recent AAPC : *
    Wisconsin2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.9 to 35.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,219.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.9
    Alabama2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.8 to 36.0.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,032.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -5.1
    Connecticut3,8
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.5 to 36.4.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 808.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4
    Rhode Island2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 29.7 to 38.6.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 253.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -6.5
    Vermont2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 33.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 28.5 to 40.2.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 144.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -5.7
    Michigan4,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 34.0 # with a 95% confidence interval from 32.6 to 35.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 2,138.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -5
    Minnesota2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 34.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 32.2 to 36.4.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,104.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.5
    Kansas2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 34.6 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.8 to 37.6.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 593.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.9
    Ohio2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 34.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 33.5 to 36.2.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 2,626.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -6
    Montana2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 35.4 with a 95% confidence interval from 30.7 to 40.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 224.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.8
    Tennessee2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 35.4 with a 95% confidence interval from 33.5 to 37.3.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,397.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4
    Idaho2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 35.5 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.5 to 39.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 305.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.7
    Maine2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 35.5 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.7 to 39.7.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 334.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -6.7
    South Dakota2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 35.6 with a 95% confidence interval from 30.5 to 41.3.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 191.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.9
    Hawaii3,8
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 35.7 with a 95% confidence interval from 31.7 to 40.0.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 310.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -1.9
    Georgia7
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 35.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 34.2 to 37.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,874.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : *
    • Recent AAPC : *
    Missouri2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 36.1 with a 95% confidence interval from 34.2 to 38.1.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,384.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4
    New York2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 36.7 with a 95% confidence interval from 35.6 to 37.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 4,578.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4
    Oklahoma2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 36.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 34.3 to 39.4.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 837.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.1
    New Hampshire2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 37.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 33.2 to 41.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 315.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.8
    Arkansas2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 37.7 with a 95% confidence interval from 34.9 to 40.7.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 697.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -1.5
    New Jersey3,8
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 37.7 with a 95% confidence interval from 36.1 to 39.4.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 2,149.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.7
    Iowa3,8
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 37.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 35.3 to 40.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 791.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3
    North Dakota2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 38.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 32.5 to 44.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 170.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.3
    Pennsylvania2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 38.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 37.0 to 39.7.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 3,429.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.2
    District of Columbia2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 38.6 with a 95% confidence interval from 32.2 to 46.0.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 132.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.7
    Indiana2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 39.5 with a 95% confidence interval from 37.5 to 41.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,549.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.7
    West Virginia2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 39.5 with a 95% confidence interval from 36.1 to 43.2.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 515.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.6
    Illinois2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 39.7 with a 95% confidence interval from 38.3 to 41.1.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 3,076.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.8
    Nebraska2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 39.7 with a 95% confidence interval from 36.0 to 43.7.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 445.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -3.9
    Kentucky3
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 40.6 with a 95% confidence interval from 38.2 to 43.2.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,094.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : *
    • Recent AAPC : *
    Mississippi2,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 41.1 with a 95% confidence interval from 38.1 to 44.2.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 733.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -1.6
    Louisiana3
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 42.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 39.9 to 44.9.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,125.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2011.
    • Recent Trend : *
    • Recent AAPC : *
    Nevada2
    • Rate : ¶¶
    • Average Annual Count : ¶¶
    • Rate Period : ¶¶
    • Recent Trend : *
    • Recent AAPC : *


    Notes:
    Created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 10/20/2014 6:50 pm.
    Data for the United States does not include data from Nevada.
    State Cancer Registries may provide more current or more local data.
    † Incidence rates (cases per 100,000 population per year) are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ... , 80-84, 85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified. Rates calculated using SEER*Stat. Population counts for denominators are based on Census populations as modified by NCI. The 1969-2012 US Population Data File is used for SEER and NPCR incidence rates.
    § The total count for the US (SEER+NPCR) may differ from the summation of the individual states reported in this table. The total uses data from the CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) January 2013 data submission for the following states: California, Kentucky, Louisiana, and New Jersey but data for those states when shown individually are sourced from the SEER November 2013 submission.
    # Data do not include cases diagnosed in other states for those states in which the data exchange agreement specifically prohibits the release of data to third parties.
    ¶¶ Data not available for Nevada.

    1 Source: CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) January 2014 data submission and SEER November 2013 submission.
    2 Source: State Cancer Registry and the CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) January 2014 data submission as published in United States Cancer Statistics 2013.
    3 Source: SEER November 2013 submission. State Cancer Registry also receives funding from CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries.
    4 State rates include rates from areas funded by SEER.
    7 Source: SEER November 2013 submission.
    8 Source: Incidence data provided by the SEER Program. AAPCs are calculated by the Joinpoint Regression Program and are based on APCs. Data are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ... , 80-84,85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified. Population counts for denominators are based on Census populations as modifed by NCI. The 1969-2012 US Population Data File is used with SEER November 2013 data.
    10 Source: Incidence data provided by the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). EAPCs calculated by the National Cancer Institute using SEER*Stat. Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ... , 80-84,85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified. Population counts for denominators are based on Census populations as modified by NCI. The 1969-2012 US Population Data File is used with NPCR January 2014 data.

    Please note that the data comes from different sources. Due to different years of data availablility, most of the trends are AAPCs based on APCs but some are EAPCs calculated in SEER*Stat. Please refer to the source for each graph for additional information.

    Interpret Rankings provides insight into interpreting cancer incidence statistics. 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.

    Data not available for this combination of geography, cancer site, age, and race/ethnicity.
    Suppression is used to avoid misinterpretation when rates are unstable.