All cancer types combined: facts & figures
Tracking the incidence of all cancer types combined allows examination of trends over time. Although this is useful information, it is important to remember that trends in specific cancers may be very different.
The overall rate of all cancer types combined in Minnesota has increased less than 1% per year on average since 1988. Across Minnesota, the difference between the regions with the lowest rate and the highest rate is less than 10%. From 2012 to 2014, an average of 13,900 cases of cancer in males and 13,700 cases of cancer in females were diagnosed among Minnesota residents each year. The annual age-adjusted incidence rate for all cancer types combined is higher in males than females, but this varies considerably from type to type of cancer.
Cancer cases in Minnesota
The figure above shows the age-adjusted incidence rate of all cancers types combined in Minnesota residents by year and sex. The notable variation in cancer rates between 1991 and 1994 among males is due to increased prostate cancer rates after the introduction of a widely used blood test screening for prostate cancer. Most recently, the age-adjusted incidence rate of all cancer types combined was 484.5 new cases per 100,000 males and 439.8 new cases per 100,000 females. The age-adjusted incidence rate of all cancer types combined for males increased less than 1% per year from 1988 to 2007, and shows a 2.4% decline since 2007. Age-adjusted incidence rates for females since 1988 show an annual increase of 0.4%.
Cancer cases in Minnesota, by race/ethnicity
Cancer incidence is highest among American Indians for both sexes (656 cases per 100,000 American Indian males and 517 cases per 100,000 American Indian females). Cancer incidence is lowest among Asian/Pacific Islanders for both sexes.
Cancer cases in Minnesota, by age
Cancer incidence increases sharply with age.