Interpretation of Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer Data

Death Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer, death years through 2015
North Carolina Counties versus United States

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

United States

North Carolina

Cleveland County

Martin County

McDowell County

Person County

Richmond County

Rowan County

Surry County

Anson County

Beaufort County

Burke County

Caldwell County

Caswell County

Craven County

Cumberland County

Currituck County

Davidson County

Edgecombe County

Gaston County

Halifax County

Harnett County

Johnston County

Lee County

Lenoir County

Nash County

Northampton County

Onslow County

Pasquotank County

Robeson County

Rockingham County

Sampson County

Vance County

Wayne County

Wilson County

Ashe County

Catawba County

Chowan County

Columbus County

Davie County

Greene County

Hyde County

Jones County

Rutherford County

Scotland County

Swain County

Tyrrell County

Yadkin County

Yancey County

Madison County

Alamance County

Alexander County

Alleghany County

Avery County

Bertie County

Bladen County

Brunswick County

Buncombe County

Cabarrus County

Camden County

Carteret County

Cherokee County

Clay County

Dare County

Duplin County

Durham County

Forsyth County

Franklin County

Gates County

Graham County

Granville County

Guilford County

Haywood County

Henderson County

Hertford County

Hoke County

Iredell County

Jackson County

Lincoln County

Macon County

Mecklenburg County

Mitchell County

Montgomery County

Moore County

New Hanover County

Orange County

Pamlico County

Pender County

Perquimans County

Pitt County

Polk County

Randolph County

Stanly County

Stokes County

Union County

Wake County

Warren County

Washington County

Wilkes County

Chatham County

Transylvania County

Watauga County

Created by on 06/24/2018 9:12 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 1969-2015 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).