Interpretation of Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer Data

Death Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer, death years through 2014
Alabama Counties versus United States

All Cancer Sites
All Races, Both Sexes
Sorted by Priority Index

United States


Bibb County

Chambers County

Cherokee County

Chilton County

Coosa County

Covington County

Crenshaw County

Fayette County

Franklin County

Geneva County

Hale County

Jackson County

Lamar County

Lawrence County

Lee County

Lowndes County

Marion County

Perry County

Tallapoosa County

Walker County

Washington County

Wilcox County

Winston County

Calhoun County

Clarke County

Colbert County

Dale County

Dallas County

Elmore County

Escambia County

Etowah County

Houston County

Jefferson County

Lauderdale County

Macon County

Marshall County

Mobile County

Russell County

Talladega County

Bullock County

Butler County

Clay County

Cleburne County

Henry County

Randolph County

St. Clair County

Sumter County

Autauga County

Baldwin County

Barbour County

Blount County

Coffee County

Conecuh County

Cullman County

DeKalb County

Greene County

Limestone County

Madison County

Marengo County

Monroe County

Montgomery County

Morgan County

Pickens County

Pike County

Shelby County

Tuscaloosa County

Choctaw County

Created by on 05/24/2018 8:06 am.
     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 Ratio3 > 1.10
     Similar     when unable to conclude above or below with confidence.
     Below     when 95% confident the rate is below and Rate Ratio3 < 0.90
* Data has been suppressed to ensure confidentiality and stability of rate and trendestimates.
** 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 usually an Average Annual Percent Change (AAPC) based on the APCs calculated by Joinpoint Regression Program (Version Due to data availability issues, the time period and/or calculation method used in the calculation of the trends 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 1969-2014 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.

State Cancer Registries may provide more current or more local data. Data presented on the State Cancer Profiles Web Site may differ from statistics reported by the State Cancer Registries (for more information).