Cancer deaths have declined in the U.S. over the past three decades, but mortality rates can vary greatly depending on the county where you live. Researchers say that information could better inform treatment and prevention efforts in certain communities.
The overall rate of death from cancer has decreased by 20%, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA. From 1980 to 2014, it's gone from 240 deaths to 192 deaths for every 100,000 people.
During that same period, more than 19,511,910 cancer deaths were recorded in the U.S., which included 7 million who died from tracheal, bronchus and lung cancer; 5 million due to colon and rectum cancer; 6 million due to breast cancer; 2 million due to pancreatic cancer; and 1 million due to prostate cancer.
But the analysis found wide variation in mortality among counties. Florida's Union County had the highest cancer-mortality rate in the country with 503 deaths for every 100,000 people in 2014, while Summit County, Colo., had the lowest occurrence, with 70 deaths for every 100,000 for the same year.