NJDHSS Releases 4-Year Cancer Incidence and Mortality Report

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on January 5, 2012

In 2011, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) released a report entitled “Cancer Incidence and Mortality in New Jersey, 2004-2008,” using information compiled by the New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR). The NJSCR is population-based, and includes collected data on every diagnosed and/or treated cancer case in New Jersey since October 1978. The current report includes several findings, including the following:

  • In 2008, 46,431 invasive cancer cases were diagnosed in New Jersey; a decrease from the 47,388 cases reported to the NJSCR in 2007.
  • There were 233,522 total diagnosed cases of invasive cancer in New Jersey during the entire period between 2004 and 2008.
  • The majority of invasive cancer cases, specifically 84.5 percent, were diagnosed in whites. Incidents among other racial groups include 10.6 percent among blacks, 7.3 percent among Hispanics, and 2.9 percent among Asians and Pacific Islanders (API).
  • Among NJ residents, men accounted for 50.5 percent of all diagnosed invasive cancer cases, while women accounted for 49.5 percent.
  • The highest incidence rates among cancers during the 2004 to 2008 period among New Jersey men were: prostate, lung, colon and rectum, urinary bladder, melanoma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, kidney and renal pelvis, leukemia, oral cavity and pharynx, and pancreas.
  • The highest incidence rates among cancers during the 2004 to 2008 period among New Jersey women were: breast, lung, colon and rectum, endometrial (corpus and uterus), thyroid, melanoma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, ovary, pancreas, kidney and renal pelvis.
  • During the period between 2004 and 2007, 68,653 New Jersey residents died from cancer.

Cancer is often a life-threatening disease process, in which timely diagnosis and effective treatment are essential to a patient’s chances at recovery.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or illness as the result of a cancer misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or a failure to diagnose, the experienced New Jersey failure to diagnose cancer lawyers at Blume Forte can help you learn more about your legal rights and options. Contact us at (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.

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