(HealthDay News) – Cancer incidence declined from 2009–2010, according to a report published in the March 28 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
S. Jane Henley, MSPH, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed incidence data from U.S. Cancer Statistics for 2010 in order to assess progress towards reaching Healthy People 2020 targets.
The researchers found that, in 2010, 1,456,496 invasive cancers were reported to cancer registries in the United States (excluding Arkansas and Minnesota), yielding an annual incidence rate of 446 cases per 100,000 persons, compared with 459 in 2009. Men had higher cancer incidence rates (503) compared to women (405). Incidence rates were highest among blacks (455), and were driven by higher rates of prostate cancer and female breast cancer. Cancer incidence ranged by state from 380–511 per 100,000 persons. Fifteen states achieved 2020 targets for reduced incidence of colorectal cancer and 24 reached targets for reduced incidence of cervical cancer.
“Many factors, including tobacco use, obesity, insufficient physical activity, and human papillomavirus infection, contribute to the risk for developing cancer, and differences in cancer incidence indicate differences in the prevalence of these risk factors,” the authors write.