Lung cancer mortality report card: Measuring progress in Wisconsin's counties, 1979-1998

Andreas Ostenso, P. Remington, D. Ahrens

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Purpose-To compare and contrast trends in lung cancer mortality in Wisconsin's 72 counties, as a measure of long-term progress in tobacco control. Methods - Lung cancer mortality data were abstracted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database from 1979 to 1998. Percent change in lung cancer mortality rates were analyzed at the county and national levels from 1979-1983 to 1994-1998. Results - In Wisconsin, lung cancer mortality rates increased 23%, compared to a 19% increase in the United States. There was more variation in lung cancer mortality trends between Wisconsin counties than between states, with increases in 67 of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Lung cancer mortality rates increased for men in 44 counties and for women in 68 counties. Only 4 counties in Wisconsin had fewer lung cancer deaths in 1994-1998 compared with 1979-1983. Conclusions - Progress in reducing lung cancer mortality in Wisconsin - a long-term measure of progress in tobacco control-has lagged behind the rest of the United States. Nevertheless, some Wisconsin counties have experienced more progress in reducing the health burden from lung cancer, suggesting that differences exist between communities in the effectiveness of their tobacco control efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-74
Number of pages5
JournalWisconsin medical journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 10 2001


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