Cancer Surveillance

Cancer Surveillance efforts at the Cancer Institute involve examining and reporting the local incidence, distribution, mortality and control of cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Results are used by the Cancer Institute to target education programs designed to prevent or reduce death and disability from cancer in this community.

Each year, the Cancer Institute compiles a Cancer Surveillance Report using data from the organization’s Regional Cancer Registry, the National Cancer Database, and the Bureau of Health Statistics and Research of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Characterized in this report are cancer incidence and mortality in Northeastern Pennsylvania relative to the United States for the 23 most common cancer sites.  To view the latest report, click here.

Past Cancer Surveillance Reports:

2011-2015 Data

2010-2014 Data

2009-2013 Data

2008-2102 Data

2007-2011 Data

2006-2010 Data

2005-2009 Data

2004- 2008 Data

2003-2007 Data

Local Cancer Statistics

Please note: While the information referenced below can provide an understanding of the epidemiology of cancer in our region, effective and appropriate interpretation of the data may require more detailed background on the nature, source(s), and validity of the statistics to allow for proper interpretation.

An estimated 10,114 individuals are diagnosed with cancer each year in the 10 County area defined as Northeastern Pennsylvania which includes Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.

The most commonly diagnosed cancer sites in Northeast Pennsylvania include lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 60,000 individuals are living with cancer.

To view more local cancer statistics, click on the links below.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health
These reports use data provided by the Bureau of Health Statistics and Research, Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions.

For additional information on local cancer statistics, please contact the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in Pennsylvania at (570) 941-7984 or email