What does this measure?
The age-adjusted rate of all new cancers diagnosed per 10,000 residents, averaged over three years.
Why is this important?
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the second highest cause of death in Pennsylvania behind diseases of the heart. High incidence rates can indicate particularly high rates of cancer, environmental or behavior risks of cancers, or better diagnosis of cancers.
How does our county compare?
In 2015-17, Lancaster County's cancer incidence rate was 45 per 10,000 residents, slightly lower than the state with 47 per 10,000. The number of new cancers diagnosed in 2015-17 was 9,175 in Lancaster and 234,440 in the state.
Lancaster County's cancer incidence rate in 2015-17 was slightly lower than all other surrounding counties with the exception of Cumberland County (42 per 10,000).
Notes about the data
Rates have been adjusted for differences in age among the geographies. These data were provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations, or conclusions.
Notes: Rate per 10,000 residents. Numbers are age-adjusted.
Notes: These data were provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations, or conclusions.
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