## Interpretation of Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer Data

**Death Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer, death years through 2013**

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 (2009-2013) is 577,303
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 168.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 168.3 to 168.7
- 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 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 1,274
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 154.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 150.8 to 158.6
- 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 -1.0
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Eddy County**

- The priority index is 2
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2009-2013) is 10
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 227.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 159.0 to 319.9
- The rate ratio is 1.4
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 0.1 to 3.6
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 26
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 216.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 180.5 to 258.2
- The rate ratio is 1.3
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to 0.8
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 31
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 173.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 146.2 to 204.4
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.8 to 0.7
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 12
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 169.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 128.4 to 220.6
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.8 to 3.4
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 19
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 174.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 140.4 to 215.2
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.0 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 12
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 209.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 157.8 to 276.0
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.6 to 1.6
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 5
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 166.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 109.6 to 248.9
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.3 to 0.2
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Cavalier 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 (2009-2013) is 13
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 170.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 126.9 to 228.0
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.0 to 0.1
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 10
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 174.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 128.3 to 235.6
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.5 to 2.4
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 5
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 205.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 129.3 to 314.2
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.1 to 2.9
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 8
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 147.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 103.5 to 213.3
- 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 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 11
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 232.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 168.7 to 319.1
- The rate ratio is 1.4
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to 3.2
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 8
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 160.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 114.4 to 225.3
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.1 to 0.9
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 10
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 134.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 95.5 to 187.2
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to 1.1
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**McLean 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 (2009-2013) is 22
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 153.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 124.7 to 187.0
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to 0.2
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 17
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 151.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 120.9 to 189.3
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.2 to 0.2
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 17
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 196.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 156.0 to 245.0
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.3 to 0.9
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 13
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 205.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 153.4 to 274.1
- The rate ratio is 1.2
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.4 to 0.7
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 3
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 137.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 78.1 to 229.9
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.4 to 4.6
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 27
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 164.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 137.5 to 196.6
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.9 to 0.5
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 16
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 181.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 141.9 to 230.1
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.7 to 0.3
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 6
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 151.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 99.2 to 225.5
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.2 to 3.4
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 11
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 188.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 140.0 to 250.0
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.3 to 1.9
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 4
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 124.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 73.2 to 223.5
- The rate ratio is 0.7
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.7 to 2.2
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 6
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 259.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 172.1 to 370.6
- The rate ratio is 1.5
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.2 to 3.0
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 7
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 169.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 115.1 to 248.0
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.8 to 2.3
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 19
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 158.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 126.3 to 196.0
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.0 to 1.1
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Ward 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 (2009-2013) is 106
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 162.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 148.6 to 177.1
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.5 to 0.0
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 17
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 178.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 140.7 to 226.7
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.4 to 0.7
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 47
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 170.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 148.6 to 194.0
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.4 to 0.2
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Logan County**

- The priority index is 7
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2009-2013) is 4
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 108.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 66.8 to 179.0
- The rate ratio is 0.6
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.1 to 1.5
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Stark County**

- The priority index is 7
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2009-2013) is 43
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 131.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 114.3 to 151.4
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.0 to 0.1
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Adams 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 (2009-2013) is 6
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 140.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 93.5 to 209.1
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.0 to -0.6
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Dunn 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 (2009-2013) is 7
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 127.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 87.1 to 181.2
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.0 to -0.0
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 11
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 166.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 120.5 to 229.9
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.7 to -0.8
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 99
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 162.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 148.2 to 177.9
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.7 to -0.4
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 13
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 148.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 113.4 to 192.2
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.0 to -0.3
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 8
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 125.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 85.6 to 186.2
- The rate ratio is 0.7
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.4 to -0.2
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 56
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 165.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 146.2 to 186.1
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.1 to -0.3
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 22
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 177.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 143.5 to 217.3
- The rate ratio is 1.1
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.4 to -1.0
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 4
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 117.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 69.3 to 194.5
- The rate ratio is 0.7
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.7 to -0.6
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 53
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 172.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 151.6 to 195.7
- The rate ratio is 1.0
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.7 to -0.3
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 137
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 141.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 131.0 to 152.8
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.8 to -0.3
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 198
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 143.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 134.4 to 152.9
- The rate ratio is 0.9
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.5 to -1.4
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 12
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 126.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 94.2 to 167.2
- The rate ratio is 0.7
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.2 to -0.4
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 4
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 93.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 54.2 to 159.9
- The rate ratio is 0.6
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.4 to -0.6
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 4
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 104.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 65.5 to 165.7
- The rate ratio is 0.6
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.1 to -0.4
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**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 (2009-2013) is 9
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 124.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 90.6 to 167.1
- The rate ratio is 0.7
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.9 to -0.6
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Pierce County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2009-2013) is 10
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 106.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 77.4 to 146.3
- The rate ratio is 0.6
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.3 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Richland County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2009-2013) is 28
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 137.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 115.3 to 163.5
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.6 to -0.9
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Walsh County**

- The priority index is 9
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The average deaths per year (2009-2013) is 26
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) is 141.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 117.2 to 169.0
- The rate ratio is 0.8
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.2 to -1.3
- The recent trend period is 2009 - 2013

**Billings County**

- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is **
- The comparison to US is *
- The average deaths per year (2009-2013) is *
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) 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 (2009-2013) is *
- The annual death rate (2009-2013) 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 08/25/2016 9:32 pm.

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 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 used in the calculation of the joinpoint regression model 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 1969-2013 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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