Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Hawaii and in the United States. From 2010-2012 there were nearly 7,000 cancer deaths in Hawaii. In 2010, lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer mortality (44.6 per 100,000 population*), followed by cancer of the colon and rectum (12.9 per 100,000 population*). Many cancer deaths are preventable, especially with recommended screening, which can detect precancerous lesions before they become cancerous. Early detection is crucial, when the lesion may be at a more treatable stage.
*All rates presented are age-adjusted to the 2000 census per 100,000 population.
Data are from the U.S. Cancer Statistics, National Program of Cancer Registries, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services. Accessible here: