Each day, 18 Coloradans die from cancer. There were a total of 6,709 cancer deaths in 2008. The cancer mortality rate for Colorado in 2007 was 158.5 per 100,000 population, considerably lower than for the nation, which was 181.1 per 100,000 population in 2006 (both rates age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. population).
By gender, males have a considerably higher cancer mortality rate than females. In Colorado, the cancer mortality rate for men was 196.2 deaths per 100,000 population versus 135.0 per 100,000 population for females. There are racial differences as well, with blacks having higher cancer mortality rates than non-Hispanic whites, and Hispanics having lower cancer mortality rates than non-Hispanic whites. For specific cancer sites, there also are gender and racial differences. For lung cancer in women for 2002-06, rates for Hispanics were 24% lower, than rates for non-Hispanic whites. For lung cancer in men, rates for blacks were 27% higher, and rates for Hispanics were 15% lower than rates for non-Hispanic whites. The cervical cancer incidence rate for white Hispanic women was nearly twice that for non-Hispanic white women and the mortality rate was 35% higher for Hispanic women. Black men had nearly twice the mortality rate for prostate cancer, and a 43% higher colorectal cancer mortality rate, compared to non-Hispanic white men.
Each day, 18 Coloradans die from cancer.
Because more than half of the Colorado American Indian population is from Northern and Southern Plains at least include the data from those sections. In the AI population, breast cancer age-adjusted mortality (adjusted to 2000 US Population) are highest among Alaska Natives (21.2), Northern Plains (20.3), and Southern Plains (18.0).
Top Cancers in Colorado
By Mortality: (2008)
By Incidence: (2003-07)
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Source: Colorado Central Cancer Registry and Health Statistics Section, CDPHE