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.

 

Click here to read : An examination of colorectal cancer among young adults in NEPA article.

 

Past Cancer Surveillance Reports:
2012-2016 Data 
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, 1,438 cases of lung and bronchus cancer are diagnosed and 950 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the female breast is not statistically different from the average US rate for this cancer site. 

In our 10 County area, 1,369 cases of breast cancer (female) are diagnosed and 256 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, 1,099 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed and 167 deaths occur each year.

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

In our 10 county area, 888 cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and 330 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the urinary bladder is 32 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 County area, 588 cases of cancer of the urinary bladder are diagnosed and 118 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, 468 cases of melanoma are diagnosed and 60 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is 5 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 437 cases of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma are diagnosed and 133 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the body of the uterus (womb) is 29 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 414 cases of uterine cancer are diagnosed and 71 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the kidney is 11 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 387 cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed and 74 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, 351 cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed and 10 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, 298 cases of leukemia are diagnosed and 159 deaths occur each year.

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the incidence rate for cancer of the pancreas is 13 percent higher than the average US rate for this cancer site: a statistically significant difference.

In our 10 county area, 327 cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed and 265 deaths occur each year.

LOCAL CANCER STATISTICS BY COUNTY

Each year, 439 residents of Carbon County are diagnosed with cancer and about 171 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Carbon County are:
Lung Cancer (61 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (57 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (50 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (37 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (28 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, 1,335 residents of Lackawanna County are diagnosed with cancer and about 549 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Lackawanna County are:
Lung Cancer (199 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (180 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (116 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (120 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, 2,162 residents of Luzerne County are diagnosed with cancer and about 831 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Luzerne County are:
Lung Cancer (322 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (275 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (232 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (209 cases per year), and
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, 1004 residents of Monroe County are diagnosed with cancer and about 358 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Monroe County are:
Lung Cancer (148 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (142 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (110 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (85 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (54 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, 2,014 residents of Northampton County are diagnosed with cancer and about 684 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Northampton County are:
Breast Cancer (female) (270 cases per year),
Lung Cancer (259 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (233 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (154 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (116 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, 353 residents of Pike County are diagnosed with cancer and about 118 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Pike County are:
Lung Cancer (53 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (47 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (36 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (29 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, 278 residents of Susquehanna County are diagnosed with cancer and about 102 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Susquehanna County are:
Breast Cancer (female) (38 cases per year)
Lung Cancer (34 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (32 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (25 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, 344 residents of Wayne County are diagnosed with cancer and about 142 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 (32 cases per year) and
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder (22 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, 186 residents of Wyoming County are diagnosed with cancer and about 75 die from the disease.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Wyoming County are:
Lung Cancer (28 cases per year),
Breast Cancer (female) (23 cases per year),
Prostate Cancer (22 cases per year),
Colorectal Cancer (17 cases per year) and
Uterine and Melanoma (excluding cervix) (9 cases per year each).

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