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Report shows decline in Wisconsin cancer incidence and mortality rates

Overall cancer incidence and mortality rates in Wisconsin have continued to decline for both men and women over the past 15 years, according to 2013 Wisconsin Cancer Facts & Figures, a new report released by the American Cancer Society and the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System. From 1995 to 2010, the incidence rates for all cancers declined almost 7 percent, and overall cancer mortality rates declined by more than 13 percent. From 2006 to 2010 in Wisconsin, an average of 28,926 residents were diagnosed with invasive cancers each year, and more than 11,000 died from the disease annually.

The Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System (WCRS) in Wisconsin Department of Health Services is the statewide population-based cancer surveillance system. WCRS collects cancer incidence data on residents with pre-invasive and invasive cancers. In compliance with state law, hospitals and all physicians are required to report all newly diagnosed cancer cases to the WCRS. The data provides an understanding of cancer incidence and mortality in Wisconsin and can lead to the development of prevention and treatment programs.

If you currently are not reporting cancer cases to the state cancer registry, visit the WCRS web page, which provides resources for reporting newly diagnosed cancer cases.

Other key findings published in the 2013 report include the following:

  • Breast cancer was the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Wisconsin women, representing 29 percent of all female cancers diagnosed.
  • Prostate cancer was the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Wisconsin males, representing 28 percent of all cancer newly diagnosed.
  • Major declines in cancer incidence rates in Wisconsin, from 1995 to 2010, are seen in colorectal cancer (39 percent decline), prostate cancer (24 percent decline) and cervical cancer (20 percent decline). At the same time, melanoma incidence rates have increased 65 percent among men and 112 percent among women.

The full report can be viewed at www.wicancer.org.

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