## Interpretation of Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer Data

**Death Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer, death years through 2014**

North Dakota Counties versus United States

All Cancer Sites

All Races, Both Sexes

Sorted by Priority Index

North Dakota Counties versus United States

All Cancer Sites

All Races, Both Sexes

Sorted by Priority Index

**United States**

- The priority index is -
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is - the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 582,118
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 166.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 165.9 to 166.3
- The rate ratio is -0.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.6 to -1.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**North Dakota**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 1,287
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 154.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 150.2 to 157.9
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.4 to -1.1
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Rolette County**

- The priority index is 4
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is above the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 26
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 211.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 175.6 to 252.4
- The rate ratio is 1.3
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to 0.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Adams County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 6
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 149.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 97.3 to 225.6
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.4 to 0.1
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Barnes County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 28
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 156.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 130.6 to 186.3
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to 0.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Benson County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 13
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 195.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 150.8 to 250.1
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.4 to 3.3
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Bottineau County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 19
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 169.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 136.3 to 209.5
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.7 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Bowman County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 10
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 178.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 131.9 to 240.4
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.8 to 1.2
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Burke County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 7
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 208.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 143.9 to 297.3
- The rate ratio is 1.3
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.3 to 1.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Dunn County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 7
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 146.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 102.0 to 204.1
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.4 to 0.3
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Eddy County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 8
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 202.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 136.4 to 292.6
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.4 to 3.2
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Foster County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 8
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 140.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 99.6 to 196.6
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.6 to 2.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Golden Valley County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 6
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 204.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 131.1 to 309.0
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.6 to 3.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Grant County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 8
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 148.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 104.8 to 213.9
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to 1.6
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Griggs County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 10
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 197.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 138.2 to 281.2
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to 2.8
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Hettinger County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 8
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 167.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 120.0 to 233.7
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.1 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**LaMoure County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 10
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 137.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 98.4 to 190.4
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to 0.8
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Logan County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 5
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 133.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 85.8 to 208.0
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to 1.7
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Mercer County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 20
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 176.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 142.7 to 216.2
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.7 to 0.7
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Mountrail County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 16
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 189.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 149.9 to 236.7
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.2 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Nelson County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 14
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 221.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 167.6 to 291.2
- The rate ratio is 1.3
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.2 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Oliver County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 3
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 125.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 71.2 to 211.4
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to 3.7
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Pierce County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 11
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 133.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 99.2 to 178.8
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.7 to 0.1
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Ramsey County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 29
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 174.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 145.8 to 206.6
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.9 to 0.3
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Ransom County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 15
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 170.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 132.4 to 218.3
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.6 to 0.2
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Renville County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 6
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 152.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 99.2 to 226.0
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.2 to 3.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Sargent County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 11
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 197.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 147.5 to 262.2
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.0 to 1.9
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Sheridan County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 3
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 115.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 66.3 to 212.2
- The rate ratio is 0.7
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.1 to 1.6
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Sioux County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 5
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 195.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 120.7 to 295.9
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.8 to 2.4
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Towner County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 7
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 156.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 108.4 to 228.4
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to 1.9
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Traill County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 19
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 159.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 127.8 to 198.1
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.9 to 1.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Wells County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 17
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 191.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 152.4 to 242.1
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to 0.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Williams County**

- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 47
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 169.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 148.0 to 193.4
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.2 to 0.3
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Cavalier County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 12
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 154.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 114.7 to 207.7
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.1 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Emmons County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 10
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 150.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 105.5 to 212.8
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.6 to -0.9
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Grand Forks County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 99
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 160.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 146.3 to 175.7
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.8 to -0.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**McHenry County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 14
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 163.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 126.4 to 209.1
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.5 to -0.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**McIntosh County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 8
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 130.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 89.5 to 191.5
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.3 to -0.4
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**McLean County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 22
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 146.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 118.6 to 179.0
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.5 to -0.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Morton County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 59
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 169.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 150.5 to 190.7
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to -0.4
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Pembina County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 21
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 169.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 136.3 to 210.6
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.3 to -1.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Richland County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 30
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 144.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 121.2 to 170.6
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to -0.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Steele County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 4
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 128.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 78.5 to 206.8
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.2 to -0.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Stutsman County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 53
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 173.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 152.6 to 197.0
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.5 to -0.2
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Walsh County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 28
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 150.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 125.7 to 179.2
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.9 to -1.0
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Ward County**

- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 103
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 155.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 141.8 to 169.4
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.7 to -0.2
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Burleigh County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 139
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 139.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 128.9 to 150.2
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.9 to -0.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Cass County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 208
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 145.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 136.7 to 155.1
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to -1.4
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Dickey County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 12
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 127.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 95.9 to 169.3
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.9 to -0.3
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Divide County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 4
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 102.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 61.6 to 168.8
- The rate ratio is 0.6
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.9 to -0.5
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Kidder County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 4
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 101.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 62.4 to 161.9
- The rate ratio is 0.6
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.4 to -0.7
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**McKenzie County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 9
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 124.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 90.1 to 166.1
- The rate ratio is 0.7
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.6 to -0.6
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Stark County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is 43
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is 131.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 113.9 to 151.1
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2010 - 2014

**Billings County**

- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is **
- The comparison to US is *
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is *
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The recent average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Slope County**

- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is **
- The comparison to US is *
- The average deaths per year (2010-2014) is *
- The annual death rate (2010-2014) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The recent average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **

**Notes:**

Created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 07/21/2017 6:36 am.

Trend

Rate Comparison

* Data has been suppressed to ensure confidentiality and stability of rate and trendestimates.^{2}**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 Ratio^{3}> 1.10**Similar**when unable to conclude above or below with confidence.**Below**when 95% confident the rate is below and Rate Ratio^{3}< 0.90** 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 4.3.0.0). 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.

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