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According to a new analysis of data from between 1980 and 2014, the trends and differences in cancer mortality rates among U.S. counties, cancer deaths are surging in some counties, even though overall cancer death rates dropped about 20% during that 34-year period.

Cancer mortality rates have declined in the U.S. in recent decades; however, major differences in cancer mortality still exist. What we learned in the recent analysis is the risk of death from prostate and other cancers may depend on where you live.

  • The researchers found that more than 19.5 million Americans died of cancer between 1980 and 2014. Of these, more than 1 million men died due to prostate cancer. Lung cancer killed more people in the U.S. than prostate or any other cancer.
  • Although many counties (1,558) had significant declines in prostate cancer death rates, percentage changes in male mortality rates between 1980 and 2014 ranged from a 69.4% decrease in Aleutians East Borough, and Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, to a 26.1% increase in the mortality rate in Owsley County, Ky.
  • Researchers found the highest death rates from prostate cancer were in groups of counties in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia. Counties in southern Florida and states along the U.S. border with Mexico had lower prostate cancer death rates.
  • Specifically, the highest death rate from prostate cancer in 2014 was in Madison County, Miss., with 64 deaths per 100,000 residents, followed by Macon County, Ala., with 57 deaths per 100,000 people, Wilcox County, Ala., with 55 deaths per 100,000 people, Phillips County, Ark., and Perry County, Ala., both with 54 deaths per 100,000 people.
  • The lowest death rate from prostate cancer was in Summit County, Colo., (10 deaths per 100,000 people), followed by Aleutians East Borough, Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska (11 deaths per 100,000 people) and Pitkin County, Colo., (13 deaths per 100,000 people).

To learn more and understand the research and data read the full article at Prostate Cancer News Today.