Cancer Occurrence in St. Louis Park, 1993-2012
There have been long-standing cancer concerns among many St. Louis Park residents related to drinking water contamination and a federal Superfund site in the city. This report provides an accurate and complete profile on cancer occurrence among St. Louis Park residents.
This detailed study encompasses 20 years of cancer data and firmly establishes that overall cancer incidence and mortality rates in St. Louis Park are virtually identical to cancer rates in the Twin Cities Metro area.
Cancer rates in St. Louis Park
This report provides a background of the history, extending back over 30 years, of responding to community concerns about cancer rates and risks in the community.
Addressing current concerns, the Minnesota Department of Health analyzed data from the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System comparing cancer rates among individuals living in St. Louis Park at the time of their diagnosis with cancer rates in the Twin Cities metropolitan area during the most recent twenty-year period for which complete data were available (1993-2012).
Overall cancer rates in St. Louis Park were virtually identical to Metro-area rates. For both genders combined, 5,523 cancers were diagnosed over the 20-year period, compared to the expected number of 5,499. An average of 276 newly-diagnosed cancers occurred each year, and overall cancer death rates were also comparable to those of the Metro area.
Because many cancers have high rates of survivorship, the number of people who are currently living with some previous history of cancer in a community the size of St. Louis Park is likely to exceed 2,200.
Cancer in Minnesota
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.
When you or someone you know develops cancer, it is natural to want to know the cause.
The challenge is that cancer is not just one disease, it’s more than 100 different diseases. Each cancer has its own traits, progression, risk factors or causes, treatment, and chances of survival.
While environmental contaminants are the frequent focus of community cancer concerns, the primary determinants of cancer risk include smoking, obesity, diet, lack of exercise, UV radiation, alcohol, viruses, genetics, reproductive history, medications, and occupation.
Clean environments create healthier communities and the Minnesota Department of Health works across the state to address environmental concerns and provide all the answers we can.
The good news is we can act to prevent cancer and cancer deaths. Screening and early diagnosis also help diagnose cancer at an early stage when it’s more likely to be treated successfully, before it’s had the chance to get too big or spread.
For more information
Download the complete report Cancer Occurrence in St. Louis Park, 1993-2012 (PDF)
If you have questions about this report, contact: Allan N. Williams, MPH., PhD, Chronic Disease and Environmental Epidemiology 651-201-5905.