Prostate cancer death rate highest in Montana


Montana is expected to have the highest rate of prostate cancer deaths in the United States for 2014, and it will be more than twice as high as that of Texas, which should have the lowest rate, the American Cancer Society reported.

Based on mortality data for 1995-2010 from the National Center for Health Statistics, the ACS estimates put the death rate at 12.8 per 100,000 population for Montana and 6.3 per 100,000 for Texas.

After Texas, Wyoming has the lowest estimated prostate cancer rate for 2014 at 6.9 per 100,000, followed by Utah at 7.2. The District of Columbia has the second-highest rate at 12.4 per 100,000, with Maine third at 12.0, according to the ACS estimates.

Although the number of prostate cancer deaths has been decreasing – dropping by an average of 3.1% per year from 2006 to 2010 – it is still the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. With almost 29,500 deaths expected in the United States this year, the national death rate from prostate cancer for 2014 is estimated to be 9.3 per 100,000, according to the ACS report.

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