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Interpretation of Incidence Rates Data

Incidence Rate Report for North Carolina by County

All Races (includes Hispanic), Both Sexes, All Cancer Sites, All Ages
Sorted by Rate

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.

Recent Trends - This is an interpretation of the AAPC/APC:

AAPC/APC (95% Confidence Interval) - the change in rate over time


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


    North Carolina6,10
    US (SEER+NPCR)1,10
    Swain County6,10
    Lenoir County6,10
    Scotland County6,10
    Cabarrus County6,10
    Rockingham County6,10
    Beaufort County6,10
    Rowan County6,10
    Carteret County6,10
    Jones County6,10
    Granville County6,10
    Guilford County6,10
    McDowell County6,10
    Richmond County6,10
    Stanly County6,10
    Yancey County6,10
    Vance County6,10
    Burke County6,10
    Forsyth County6,10
    Caswell County6,10
    Hyde County6,10
    Pasquotank County6,10
    Randolph County6,10
    Lee County6,10
    Iredell County6,10
    Greene County6,10
    Surry County6,10
    Halifax County6,10
    Davidson County6,10
    Alamance County6,10
    Camden County6,10
    Cleveland County6,10
    Craven County6,10
    Moore County6,10
    Davie County6,10
    Gaston County6,10
    Wilson County6,10
    Buncombe County6,10
    Henderson County6,10
    Franklin County6,10
    Durham County6,10
    Person County6,10
    Onslow County6,10
    Dare County6,10
    Johnston County6,10
    Rutherford County6,10
    Alexander County6,10
    Alleghany County6,10
    Pender County6,10
    Martin County6,10
    Wake County6,10
    Lincoln County6,10
    Wayne County6,10
    Cherokee County6,10
    Pitt County6,10
    Jackson County6,10
    Macon County6,10
    Mecklenburg County6,10
    Ashe County6,10
    Orange County6,10
    Wilkes County6,10
    Yadkin County6,10
    Haywood County6,10
    Currituck County6,10
    Catawba County6,10
    Northampton County6,10
    Mitchell County6,10
    Cumberland County6,10
    Washington County6,10
    Nash County6,10
    New Hanover County6,10
    Chowan County6,10
    Harnett County6,10
    Edgecombe County6,10
    Caldwell County6,10
    Clay County6,10
    Madison County6,10
    Stokes County6,10
    Warren County6,10
    Union County6,10
    Hertford County6,10
    Hoke County6,10
    Watauga County6,10
    Montgomery County6,10
    Bertie County6,10
    Gates County6,10
    Pamlico County6,10
    Chatham County6,10
    Sampson County6,10
    Graham County6,10
    Columbus County6,10
    Anson County6,10
    Polk County6,10
    Robeson County6,10
    Brunswick County6,10
    Perquimans County6,10
    Transylvania County6,10
    Duplin County6,10
    Avery County6,10
    Tyrrell County6,10
    Bladen County6,10


    Notes:
    Created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 11/26/2014 5:02 am.
    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.
    ‡ Incidence data come from different sources. Due to different years of data availability, most of the trends are AAPCs based on APCs but some are APCs calculated in SEER*Stat. Please refer to the source for each area for additional information.
    § 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 APCs 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.