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All Cancer Deaths

Cancer Types


Lung & Bronchus Breast Colorectal


Lung & Bronchus Prostate Colorectal

Cancer Mortality Data


To describe the cancer burden in Rhode Island .

Key Information

Deaths with underlying cause associated with all invasive malignant cancers, and the three most common cancer deaths among Rhode Islanders.

Key Findings

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Rhode Island. Between 1995 and 2015, the number of cancer deaths, was 2,330 each year on average, or age-adjusted annual rate of 190 per 100,000 Rhode Islanders.
  • From 1995 to 2015, the mortality rates for all invasive cancer have decreased by 25%. For some common cancers (breast, prostate and colorectal), death rates were almost halved over that past 21 years.
  • Lung and bronchus cancer is the first cause of all cancer deaths in the US, and Rhode Island. Death from lung and bronchus cancer accounts for 30% of all cancer-associated deaths, among Rhode Islanders.

Rhode Island Numbers