Selected Health Indicators in North Dakota
Lung Cancer

Year 2000 Goal:
Slow the rise in lung cancer deaths to no more than 42 per 100,000 people.

U.S. Deaths 1990-1992:
50.3 per 100,000 people

North Dakota Deaths 1990-1994:
39.1 per 100,000 people

Years of potential life lost:
On average, North Dakotans who die from lung cancer before the age of 65 lose 8 years of potential life. This means that the average age at death is 57 years for a person dying from lung cancer before the age of 65.



TREND - Lung Cancer Death Rate
Age adjusted death rate per 100,000 North Dakotans




TREND - Male and Female Lung Cancer Death Rates
Age adjusted death rate per 100,000 North Dakotans



Risk Factors for Lung Cancer:

Smoking

Environmental tobacco smoke

Exposure to radon decay products, asbestos, or ionizing radiation


Cigarette smoking is responsible for about 87 percent of lung cancer. Smoking accounts for about 30 percent of all cancer deaths.

Approximately 20 percent of North Dakota adults currently smoke.

About 20 percent of North Dakota students in grades 9-12 smoke regularly.

While the prevalence of smoking among North Dakota adults has been stabilizing, smoking by teens has sharply increased.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in North Dakota and in the United States.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in North Dakota.

The top four cancer deaths for men:

The top four cancer deaths for women:

The death rate for lung cancer among women is rising.

Year 2000 Goal
Reduce the percentage of adults (20 years or older) who smoke to 15 percent or less.

North Dakota 1994:
20 percent

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Last Updated: Thursday, May 23, 1996, 10:54:06 AM
Allen Johnson - ND Health Dept. DP Coordinator - ajohnson@state.nd.us