What does this indicator measure?

This measure represents the number of deaths from colon or rectum cancer per 100,000 population and is age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. population (Note: the cancer was not necessarily diagnosed in the same year). Mortality data reflect the underlying cause of death as recorded on the death certificate.

Why is this indicator important?

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and cause of cancer-related death among both males and females in the United States and Indiana. The chances of developing colorectal cancer at some point in one’s life are 1 in 19 for females and 1 in 20 for males (American Cancer Society).

About the data

Community: Switzerland County

Reference: Indiana

Goal: Healthy People 2020

Measurement Period: 2015

Category: Cancer

Community Source: Indiana State Cancer Registry

Reference Source: Indiana State Cancer Registry