Quick Facts Cancer in Minnesota

Quick Facts
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.

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