Breast Cancer Death Rate *rate per 100,000

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Breast Cancer Death Rate 2007-2011*

Louisiana’s breast cancer death rate exceeds the national average.  Louisiana’s breast cancer death rate for this period was 25.0 women per 100,000, while the national average was 22.2 women per 100,000.  Geographic disparities also exist with the Department of Health and Hospitals Regions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 experiences the highest death rates.  Louisiana’s cancer death rate ranks 2nd nationally; only one other state has a higher death rate.

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Cervical Cancer Death Rate *rate per 100,000

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Cervical Cancer Death Rate 2007-2011*

Louisiana’s cervical cancer death rate exceeds the national average.  Louisiana’s cervical cancer death rate for this period was 3.1 deaths per 100,000 women, while the national average was 2.3 deaths per 100,000 women.  Geographic disparities also exist with the Department of Health and Hospitals Regions 1, 4, 5, 6, and 8 experiences the highest death rates.  Cervical cancer deaths are preventable when recommended women’s health screenings are administered in a timely manner.  Louisiana’s cancer death rate ranks 4th nationally; only three other states have higher death rates.

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Lung Cancer Death Rate *rate per 100,000

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Lung Cancer Death Rate 2007-2011*

Louisiana’s lung cancer death rate exceeds the national average.  Louisiana’s lung cancer death rate for this period was 58.4 deaths per 100,000, while the national average was 48.4 deaths per 100,000.  Geographic disparities also exist with the Department of Health and Hospitals Regions 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 experiences the highest death rates.  Lung cancer deaths are most easily prevented by reducing exposure to tobacco smoke.  Louisiana’s cancer death rate ranks 9th nationally; only eight other states have higher death rates.

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Prostate Cancer Death Rate *rate per 100,000

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Prostate Cancer Death Rate 2007-2011*

Louisiana’s prostate cancer death rate exceeds the national average.  Louisiana’s prostate cancer death rate for this period was 25.1 deaths per 100,000, while the national average was 22.3 deaths per 100,000.  Geographic disparities also exist with the Department of Health and Hospitals Regions 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 experiences the highest death rates.  Louisiana’s cancer death rate ranks 7th nationally; only six other states have higher death rates. 


Melanoma Cancer Death Rate *rate per 100,000

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Melanoma Cancer Death Rate 2007-2011*

Louisiana’s  melanoma cancer death rate is below the national average.  Louisiana’s melanoma cancer death rate for this period was 2.2 deaths per 100,000, while the national average was 2.7 deaths per 100,000.  Geographic disparities also exist with the Department of Health and Hospitals Regions 2, 4, 5, 7, and 9 experiences the highest death rates.  Louisiana’s cancer death rate ranks 46th nationally.