Cancer in Minnesota
How common is cancer in Minnesota?
- Nearly half of all Minnesotans will be diagnosed with a potentially serious cancer in their lifetime.
- For men, the chances of getting cancer at some point are 1 in 2. For women, about 2 in 5.
- An estimated 29,730 Minnesotans will be diagnosed with a new case of cancer in 2015.
- The death rate from cancer has been declining for the last two decades in small, but significant increments.
- Still, cancer has been the leading cause of death in Minnesota since 2000.
- An estimated 9,820 Minnesotans will die from cancer in 2015.
What are the leading types of cancer in Minnesota?
- The most commonly diagnosed cancers are breast (among women), prostate (among men), lung, colon, uterine/bladder and skin (for both sexes combined).
- For women, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, accounting for nearly one out of every three new cases.
- For men, prostate cancer is the most common.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women, followed by colorectal cancer.
Can people survive cancer?
- More than 280,000 Minnesotans were living with a history of cancer in 2015.
- The number of Minnesota cancer survivors is expected to increase with the aging of the population.
Are there disparities in cancer rates In Minnesota?
- The rate of cancer diagnoses and deaths attributed to cancer differ markedly in Minnesota by race/ethnicity and gender.
- American Indian men and women are diagnosed with cancer more often than any other racial/ethnic group.
- American Indians also are far more likely than other Minnesotans to die from cancer, especially from lung and colon cancer.
- African American and Hispanic women are more likely to be diagnosed for breast cancer at a late stage, when it is harder to treat.
- American Indian, African American and Hispanic Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with late stage colorectal cancer.
MN Public Health Data Access Portal – Cancer