Complete Indicator Profile - Cancer Mortality Rate - All (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 1)

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Complete Indicator Profile of Cancer Mortality Rate - All (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 1)


The rate of death from all cancers per 100,000 persons.


Number of deaths due to cancer.


Midyear resident population for the same calendar year.

Why Is This Important?

Although there have been declines in the death rates for all cancers over the past decade, cancer remains the leading cause of mortality among all Alaskans and among Alaska Native people. Cancer mortality represents an important public health concern not only because of the burden of cancer among the population, but because there are effective means for cancer prevention and for the early detection and treatment of cancer. Monitoring cancer mortality rates is an important way to assess efforts being made to prevent and treat cancer, including screening efforts. Several other HA2020 leading health indicators are related to this objective because they monitor risk factors associated with cancer such as tobacco use, physical activity, and diet.

Healthy People Objective C-1:

Reduce the overall cancer death rate
U.S. Target: 160.6 deaths per 100,000 population
State Target: Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 162.0 per 100,000 population

What Is Being Done?

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services initiated the Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCCP), a statewide partnership whose goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. The mission of the CCCP is to lower cancer incidence and mortality in Alaska through collaborative efforts directed toward cancer prevention and control. As a result of this planning process, objectives and strategies have been developed by community partners regarding the early detection of cervical, lung, prostate, skin, breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancers as well as the promotion of physical activity, healthy eating habits, and smoking cessation.

Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

The risk of developing cancer increases with increasing age.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicator Profiles:

Related Health Care System Factors Indicator Profiles:

Risk Factors

Increasing age is a risk factor for developing cancer.

Related Risk Factors Indicator Profiles:

Graphical Data Views

Cancer mortality rate, all ages (age-adjusted), all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 2001-2020

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Alaska Comparisons Year Cancer mortality per 100,000 population
Record Count: 41
All Alaskans 2001 193.0
All Alaskans 2002 191.0
All Alaskans 2003 190.4
All Alaskans 2004 186.4
All Alaskans 2005 171.6
All Alaskans 2006 178.6
All Alaskans 2007 184.3
All Alaskans 2008 180.9
All Alaskans 2009 184.4
All Alaskans 2010 176.0
All Alaskans 2011 173.8
Alaska Natives 2001 255.5
Alaska Natives 2002 251.5
Alaska Natives 2003 248.6
Alaska Natives 2004 275.2
Alaska Natives 2005 212.0
Alaska Natives 2006 243.8
Alaska Natives 2007 274.6
Alaska Natives 2008 223.2
Alaska Natives 2009 251.2
Alaska Natives 2010 238.9
Alaska Natives 2011 233.8
U.S. 2001 196.5
U.S. 2002 194.3
U.S. 2003 190.9
U.S. 2004 186.8
U.S. 2005 185.1
U.S. 2006 181.8
U.S. 2007 179.3
U.S. 2008 176.4
U.S. 2009 173.5
U.S. 2010 172.8
U.S. 2011 **
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2013 162.0
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2014 162.0
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2015 162.0
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2016 162.0
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2017 162.0
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2018 162.0
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2019 162.0
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2020 162.0

Data Notes

Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 162.0 per 100,000.

** Data Not Available.

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 population.

Number of deaths due to cancer defined as International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-9 codes 140-208 and ICD-10 codes C00-C97) as the underlying cause of death among residents during a calendar year.

Cancer is not a single disease, but rather numerous diseases with different causes, risks, and potential interventions. Interpretation of increases or decreases in cancer mortality can be made only by examination of specific types of cancers. Because certain cancers have a long latency period, years might pass before changes in behavior or clinical practice patterns affect cancer mortality. In addition, certain cancers are not amenable to primary prevention or screening.

References and Community Resources

Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Program @
Susan G. Komen Foundation @
American Cancer Society @
National Cancer Institute @
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention @
American Society of Clinical Oncology @

More Resources and Links

Alaska and national goals may be found at the following sites:

Maps of health indicators for various subdivisions of Alaska may be found at the following site:

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

Page Content Updated On 12/02/2013, Published on 12/02/2013
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Content updated: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:56:39 AKST