Oklahoma suffers from a heavy burden of cancer. The state’s cancer statistics highlight this problem:
new cancer cases a year
cancer deaths a year
highest cancer mortality rate (per 100,000) among all states
Incidence: Oklahoma has higher than average incidence rates for several cancers, including: lung and bronchus, colorectal, cervix, kidney and renal pelvis, and oral cavity and pharynx. Health risk factors, including high rates of tobacco use and obesity, poor dietary habits, and lower than average participation in diagnostic screening, contribute to this high incidence.
Mortality: Oklahoma’s overall cancer mortality rate is 14% higher than the national average. The state has mortality rates that are significantly higher than the overall US rates for a number of cancers, including: lung and bronchus (28% higher), colorectal (19% higher), cervix (30% higher), and kidney and renal pelvis (32% higher). Several socio-economic factors, including access to care barriers and high rates of poverty and uninsured, contribute to this increased mortality rate.
Online resources for understanding cancer incidence and mortality rates in Oklahoma and nationally include:
- Oklahoma’s State Cancer Profile, produced by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), can be found here.
- Cancer Facts & Figures, produced annually by the American Cancer Society (ACS), is an excellent online resource for state cancer incidence and mortality data across all disease sites. It can be found here.
- The Oklahoma Comprehensive Cancer Network, housed in the Oklahoma State Department of Health, is a CDC-funded initiative that integrates and coordinates the efforts of multiple organizations to address the problem of cancer in Oklahoma. More information, including state cancer statistics, can be found here.