The latest data from the Nebraska Cancer Registry show that over 8,600 cancers were diagnosed among Nebraska residents during 2009, ranking ahead of heart disease for the first time ever, and accounting for over 3,300 deaths among Nebraska residents.
According to the data collected by the registry in 2009, the ten most frequently diagnosed cancers in Nebraska were:
- Female breast (1,246 diagnoses)
- Prostate (1,120 diagnoses)
- Lung & bronchus (1,104 diagnoses)
- Colon & rectum (917 diagnoses)
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (394 diagnoses)
- Urinary bladder (361 diagnoses)
- Melanoma of the skin (340 diagnoses)
- Kidney & renal pelvis (332 diagnoses)
- Endometrium (285 diagnoses)
- Thyroid (259 diagnoses)
The Nebraska Cancer Registry was established in 1986, with the purpose of gathering data that describe how many Nebraska residents are diagnosed with cancer, what types of cancer they have, what types of treatment they receive, and the time and quality of survival after diagnosis. The registry is funded using a portion of the state's cigarette tax, and also through funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).