For many cancers, CT’s death rates generally better than the nation’s

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Almost 7,000 people will die from cancer in Connecticut this year, and almost 25,000 new cases are estimated to be diagnosed, according to statistics compiled by the American Cancer Society.

Across the country, lung cancer is the most-common type, followed by colorectal, pancreatic and then breast cancer.

Connecticut ranks tenth best among the states is the rate of pancreatic cancer at about 15 cases per 100,000 residents.

It has the fourth lowest rate of colorectal cancer deaths at 12.51 per 100,000.

Connecticut ranks seventh in estimated new cases of cancer per capita with more than 600 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Also, Connecticut ranks fourth in breast cancer compared to the rest of the country at 91.47 estimated new cases per 100,000 residents.

Looking back at cancer death rates between 2008 and 2012, Connecticut had the ninth best rate at about 160 deaths.

For women, the death rates from most cancers have dropped since the 1930s, except for lung and pancreatic cancer.

The death rate for pancreatic cancer has steadily increased over the decades for women. Meanwhile, lung cancer in women leapt from about six deaths per 100,000 in the ’60s to a high of about 40 in the 2000s. Since then, it has dropped to 36.5 as of 2012.

Men saw a similar trend for lung cancer death rates, although its peak was in the ’90s at about 90 deaths per 100,000. That’s more than double the highest rate for lung cancer deaths in women.

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