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Minnesota Cancer Facts & Figures 2015

The American Cancer Society, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Cancer Alliance have collaborated to produce Minnesota Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 (PDF), summarizing cancer in Minnesota. Together we have made significant progress in reducing the health impact of cancer since 1988, when the state launched its cancer surveillance system.

However, not all Minnesotans have benefitted equally from this progress. Disparities in cancer screening, incidence and mortality continue to drive our efforts to reach all of our residents, regardless of where they live, the income or education they have or what language they speak at home.

We are also committed to ensuring that every Minnesotan diagnosed with cancer has access to the information and support they need throughout their cancer experience.

Quick facts from Minnesota Cancer Facts and Figures 2015 (PDF)

  • Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Minnesota since 2000.
  • Cancers are much more common than most people realize. In Minnesota each year, there are roughly 26,000 new cancer cases. That means about one out of two Minnesotans will be diagnosed with a potentially serious cancer during his or her lifetime.
  • In addition, cancer is not just one disease, it’s more than 100 different diseases.  Each cancer having its own risk factors or causes, traits, progression, treatment, and chances of survival.
  • Cancer risk depends greatly on age, lifestyle – smoking, what you eat or don’t eat, amount of exercise – and on your family history of cancer.
  • We know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, and about 30 percent of all cancer deaths are related to smoking and tobacco use. So it is common to find higher rates of cancers – and more deaths – when there are higher rates of smoking.
  • A similar portion, around one-third, of cancer deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity and carrying too much weight.

For more information on cancer in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System (MCSS).