Interpretation of Rate/Trend Comparison by Cancer Data

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

Lung & Bronchus
All Races, Both Sexes
Sorted by Priority Index

United States


Bradford County

Carbon County

Clinton County

Crawford County

Fayette County

Greene County

Lycoming County

McKean County

Mifflin County

Northumberland County

Potter County

Schuylkill County

Wayne County

Allegheny County

Beaver County

Delaware County

Monroe County

Philadelphia County

Venango County

Washington County

Bedford County

Cameron County

Clarion County

Clearfield County

Columbia County

Forest County

Franklin County

Fulton County

Huntingdon County

Jefferson County

Juniata County

Lackawanna County

Lawrence County

Lebanon County

Montour County

Perry County

Sullivan County

Susquehanna County

Tioga County

Wyoming County

Snyder County

Somerset County

Union County

Adams County

Armstrong County

Berks County

Blair County

Bucks County

Butler County

Cambria County

Cumberland County

Dauphin County

Elk County

Erie County

Indiana County

Lehigh County

Luzerne County

Mercer County

Northampton County

Pike County

Warren County

Westmoreland County

York County

Centre County

Chester County

Lancaster County

Montgomery County

Created by on 06/21/2018 5:53 pm.
     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).