Cancer in New Jersey
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death in New Jersey.1
- It is estimated that more than 49,000 New Jersey citizens will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and more than 16,000 New Jersey citizens will die from it.2
- 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer during his lifetime.2
- 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer during her lifetime.2
- Approximately 60 percent of cancer patients in the United States currently receive traditional X-ray radiation.3
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death nationally and in New Jersey for both men and women, claiming more than 4,000 lives annually in New Jersey alone.2
- Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men nationally, with more than 7,100 new cases estimated in 2013 in New Jersey; approximately 750 New Jersey men will die from prostate cancer in 2013.2
- Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosis for women in the U.S., with nearly 7,000 new cases estimated in 2013 in New Jersey and more than 1,300 women likely to die from the disease in 2013.2
- Although prostate cancer death rates have decreased among all men, African Americans die at a rate twice that of Caucasians.2
- National Vital Statistics Reports, National Center for Health Statistics Volume 59, Number 10, Dec. 7, 2011.
- American Cancer Society Facts and Figures, 2013.
- Based on estimates from the American Cancer Society, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the Radiological Society of North America.
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Melanie Sollid-Penton, Bliss Integrated Communication
Lara Siegel, Bliss Integrated Communication