September 22, 2023
The fight against cancer in Florida: Statistics

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The fight against cancer in Florida: Statistics

| 1/25/2019

Cancer has been Florida’s No. 1 killer since 2011. Researchers and doctors in Florida are active on many fronts, from screening to cutting-edge therapies.

Cancer’s Toll in Florida (2015)

Deaths statewide, all cancers

Deaths from Leading Types of Cancers:

Cancer Deaths
Lung/Bronchus 11,663
Colorectal 3,634
Breast 2,816
Prostate 2,143
Non-Hodgkin 1,516
Bladder 1,226
Head/Neck 1,122
Ovary 895
Melanoma 717
Cervix 283

Source: Office of Vital Statistics

Cancer Rates

  • Statewide, the incidence of all cancers in 2015 was 152.1 cases per 100,000 residents.
  • Among the state’s largest counties, those with cancer rates lower than the state average include Broward (141.1), Miami-Dade (129.3), Orange (150.6) and Palm Beach (136.9).
  • Larger counties with cancer rates higher than the state average include Duval (168.9), Hillsborough (160.4) and Pinellas (158.5).
  • Counties with among the highest cancer rates include Calhoun, DeSoto, Dixie, Franklin, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, Union and Wakulla.
  • Counties with among the lowest cancer rates include Bay, Collier, Gulf, Hardee, Hendry, Lee, Liberty, Martin, Miami- Dade and Washington.

Source: Office of Vital Statistics

Florida Cancer Statistics

  • Florida has the second-highest cancer burden in the nation.
  • Cancer surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death for Floridians in 2011. An average of 100,000 new cancers are diagnosed and reported each year to the statewide cancer registry, the Florida Cancer Data System.
  • About a third of the most common cancers are due to lifestyles — poor diet, obesity and lack of physical activity, according to the National Cancer Institute.
  • The 10 common cancers that are most receptive to prevention and early detection include: Breast, cervical, childhood, colorectal, lung, lymphoma, oral and pharyngeal, ovarian, prostate and melanoma of the skin.
  • The median charge per cancer hospitalization for all cancers in Florida in 2015 was $67,471. Sources:, Agency for Health Care Administration

Sources:, Agency for Health Care Administration

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