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Interpretation of Incidence Rates Data

Incidence Rate Report for Massachusetts by County

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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


    Massachusetts6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 492.5 with a 95% confidence interval from 490.2 to 494.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 36,218.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.4
    US (SEER+NPCR)1,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 459.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 459.4 to 460.1.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,514,446 §.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -1.8
    Nantucket County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 622.5 with a 95% confidence interval from 556.5 to 694.3.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 67.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -7.4
    Plymouth County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 526.0 with a 95% confidence interval from 517.5 to 534.7.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 2,991.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.3
    Barnstable County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 525.4 with a 95% confidence interval from 514.3 to 536.6.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 1,951.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.9
    Dukes County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 513.3 with a 95% confidence interval from 470.1 to 559.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 112.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -1.2
    Essex County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 511.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 505.0 to 518.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 4,393.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -1.4
    Norfolk County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 507.6 with a 95% confidence interval from 500.4 to 514.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 3,969.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.1
    Suffolk County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 504.5 with a 95% confidence interval from 496.7 to 512.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 3,222.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.5
    Bristol County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 502.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 494.9 to 510.9.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 3,167.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2
    Middlesex County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 481.1 with a 95% confidence interval from 476.3 to 486.0.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 7,860.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.5
    Berkshire County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 479.0 with a 95% confidence interval from 464.5 to 493.9.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 878.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -4.1
    Worcester County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 475.2 with a 95% confidence interval from 468.6 to 481.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 4,105.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -1.6
    Hampden County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 451.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 443.7 to 460.2.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 2,398.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -2.7
    Franklin County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 425.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 406.4 to 445.8.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 393.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : stable stable trend
    • Recent AAPC : -6.1
    Hampshire County6,10
    • Rate : The incidence rate is 421.0 with a 95% confidence interval from 406.8 to 435.5.
    • Average Annual Count : The count is 714.
    • Rate Period : The period for the rate is 2007-2011.
    • Recent Trend : falling falling trend
    • Recent AAPC : -8.6


    Notes:
    Created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 09/30/2014 8:15 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.

    1 Source: CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) January 2014 data submission and SEER November 2013 submission.
    6 Source: State Cancer Registry and the CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer Surveillance System (NPCR-CSS) January 2014 data submission. State rates include rates from metropolitan areas funded by SEER.
    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.

    Suppression is used to avoid misinterpretation when rates are unstable.