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 9,965 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 (starting with the most common) 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 toll-free in Pennsylvania at 1-800-424-6724 or email [email protected]

LOCAL CANCER STATISTICS BY CANCER SITE

Cancers of the lung and bronchus are the most frequently diagnosed cancers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The incidence rate for lung and bronchus cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania is 18 percent higher than the average US rate: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 1,429 cases of lung and bronchus cancer are diagnosed and 967 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the female breast is two percent lower than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 County area, 1,350 cases of breast cancer (female) are diagnosed and 254 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the prostate is seven percent lower than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 1,075 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed and 164 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancers of the colon and rectum (colorectal cancer) is seven percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 886 cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and 335 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the urinary bladder is 34 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 County area, 596 cases of cancer of the urinary bladder are diagnosed and 109 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is not statistically different from the average US rate for this cancer site.

In our 10 county area, 429 cases of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma are diagnosed and 134 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for melanoma of the skin is not statistically different than the average US rate for this cancer site.

In our 10 county area, 461 cases of melanoma are diagnosed and 64 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the body of the uterus (womb) is 30 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 408 cases of uterine cancer are diagnosed and 71 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancers of the thyroid gland is 27 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 353 cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed and 10 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the kidney is 8 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 367 cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed and 78 deaths occur each year

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for leukemia (all types combined) is not statistically different from the average US rate for this cancer site.

In our 10 county area, 296 cases of leukemia are diagnosed and 157 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the pancreas is seven percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 308 cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed and 255 deaths occur each year.

LOCAL CANCER STATISTICS BY COUNTY

Each year, 436 residents of Carbon County are diagnosed with cancer and about 178 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Carbon County are:
Lung Cancer (65 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (56 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (45 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (36 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (27 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 1,322 residents of Lackawanna County are diagnosed with cancer and about 545 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Lackawanna County are:
Lung Cancer (201 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (181 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (122 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (118 cases per year), and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (86 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 2,103 residents of Lehigh County are diagnosed with cancer and about 729 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Lehigh County are:
Breast Cancer (female) (278 cases per year),
Lung Cancer (277 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (220 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (181 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (121 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 2,145 residents of Luzerne County are diagnosed with cancer and about 833 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Luzerne County are:
Lung Cancer (319 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (278 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (220 cases per year), and
Colorectal Cancer (214 cases per year),
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (119 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 965 residents of Monroe County are diagnosed with cancer and about 352 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Monroe County are:
Lung Cancer (146 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (139 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (111 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (82 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (56 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 1,998 residents of Northampton County are diagnosed with cancer and about 676 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Northampton County are:
Breast Cancer (female) (268 cases per year),
Lung Cancer (257 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (234 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (154 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (122 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 345 residents of Pike County are diagnosed with cancer and about 117 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Pike County are:
Lung Cancer (51 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (45 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (35 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (30 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (19 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 272 residents of Susquehanna County are diagnosed with cancer and about 100 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Susquehanna County are:
Breast Cancer (female) (39 cases per year),
Lung Cancer (33 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (30 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (24 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (17 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 339 residents of Wayne County are diagnosed with cancer and about 139 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Wayne County are:
Lung Cancer (52 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (42 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (37 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (31 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (23 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Each year, 188 residents of Wyoming County are diagnosed with cancer and about 74 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Wyoming County are:
Lung Cancer (29 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (25 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (23 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (16 cases per year) and
Uterine (excluding cervis) (10 cases per year).

Please note: The size and age of the population of each county will affect the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

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