Cancer Surveillance and Reporting

The Center for Health Statistics conducts surveillance of cancer among Vermonters and creates data products to assist in making data driven decisions for cancer prevention and control.

Cancer in Vermont

Cancer is a group of more than 100 diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Different types of cancers have different causes, and different rates of occurrence and survival. Therefore, different types of cancers in a community or workplace do not necessarily have the same cause.

Cancer develops gradually as a result of a complex mix of factors related to lifestyle choices, environment and genetics. Environmental agents are estimated to account for roughly four percent of cancer cases. Nearly two-thirds of cancer deaths in the U.S. can be linked to tobacco use, poor diet, obesity, and lack of exercise.

A risk factor is a condition, an activity, or an exposure that increases a person’s chance of developing cancer. Different kinds of cancers have different risk factors. However, people with known risk factors may never develop cancer, and many people who develop cancer have none of the known risk factors. The exact causes of many cancers are unknown, and research continues to examine how and why normal cellular growth becomes uncontrolled.

Cancer is, unfortunately, very common. Roughly four out of ten men and women will develop cancer in their lifetime. Anyone can develop cancer; however, the risk of being diagnosed with cancer increases with age and most cancers occur in adults who are middle age or older.

If you have any questions about cancer or cancer data, please contact Jennifer Kachajian at jennifer.kachajian@vermont.gov.

3-4-50: Prevent Chronic Disease

Chronic disease is the health challenge of the 21st century. Many chronic diseases, including cancer, are preventable. Cancer is one of the 4 diseases resulting from the 3 behaviors, which results in over 50% of deaths in Vermont. Learn more about 3-4-50.

Cancer Data and Statistics – Reports

These reports contain information about cancer risk factors, prevention, screening, diagnosis, staging, treatment, and survivorship. Vermont planners, policy makers, researchers, and citizens use these data for analysis, planning and action.

overview

Title Date Type
Age Adjusted Incidence and Mortality Rates
A two-page handout with tables showing the average number of Vermonters and the age adjusted incidence and mortality rates for the most common cancers.
07/10/2017 PDF Download
Cancer Data Pages
These slides are designed to be a resource for anyone interested in cancer data in Vermont, especially Department of Health partners who may want to use one or more slides in a presentation. Data are provided on all parts of the cancer continuum from prevention and early detection through to survivor health and cancer mortality.
12/01/2015 PDF Download

Risk factors and associated cancers

Title Date Type
Cancer Data Pages Chapter: Cancer-Related Risk Factors and Preventative Behaviors
A subset of the Cancer Data Pages, focused on cancer risk factors and prevention. Designed to be a resource for anyone interested in cancer data in Vermont, especially Department of Health partners who may want to use one or more slides in a presentation.
12/01/2015 PDF Download
3-4-50 Brief: Cancer in Vermont
A brief document about "3-4-50," meaning 3 health behaviors lead to 4 chronic diseases, which claim the lives of over 50 percent of Vermonters. This document focuses on physical activity, diet, and tobacco use, as they relate to cancer.
04/10/2017 PDF Download
Melanoma: Data Brief
A two-page report on the incidence of melanoma, a cancer for which the primary risk factor is exposure to UV radiation.
08/01/2015 PDF Download
Youth Indoor Tanning: Data Brief
A two-page report on the use of indoor tanning facilities by high school student before and after the 2012 legislation banning use of tanning beds by minors.
06/01/2016 PDF Download
Sunscreen Use and Sunburn among Vermont Youth
A two-page data brief on the use of sunscreen and the prevalence of sunburn among Vermont youth.
09/26/2016 PDF Download
Obesity Associated Cancers: Data Brief
A two-page report on the incidence of the many cancers that have been linked to obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition.
05/01/2015 PDF Download
Tobacco Associated Cancers: Data Brief
A two-page report on the incidence of the many cancers that have been linked to tobacco use.
02/01/2015 PDF Download

Screening and diagnosis

Title Date Type
Cancer Data Pages Chapter: Cancer Incidence
A subset of the Cancer Data Pages, focused on the incidence of specific risk factor associated cancers and late stage diagnosis of screening amenable cancers. Designed to be a resource for anyone interested in cancer data in Vermont, especially Department of Health partners who may want to use one or more slides in a presentation.
12/01/2015 PDF Download
Cancer Data Pages Chapter: Cancer Screening
A subset of the Cancer Data Pages, focused on cancer screening. Designed to be a resource for anyone interested in cancer data in Vermont, especially Department of Health partners who may want to use one or more slides in a presentation.
12/01/2015 PDF Download
Colorectal Cancer: Data Brief
A two-page report on colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis.
01/01/2016 PDF Download
Thyroid Cancer Incidence
A one-page handout with tables showing the average number of Vermonters and the age adjusted incidence and mortality rates for thyroid cancer.
09/01/2015 PDF Download
Breast Cancer: Data Brief
A five-page report on breast cancer prevention, screening, incidence, stage, hormone receptor status, treatment, and mortality.
07/17/2017 PDF Download

Treatment and survivorship

Title Date Type
Cancer Data Pages Chapter: Cancer Prevalence and Health of Survivors
A subset of the Cancer Data Pages, focused on the prevalence of cancer and the health of those diagnosed with cancer. Designed to be a resource for anyone interested in cancer data in Vermont, especially Department of Health partners who may want to use one or more slides in a presentation.
12/01/2015 PDF Download
Cancer Survivorship: Data Brief
A two-page report describing the results of the Cancer Survivor questions module included in the 2012 Vermont BRFSS. The module included questions on stage of cancer treatment, cancer related pain and receipt of a treatment summary.
01/01/2015 PDF Download
Factors Linked with Time to Chemotherapy for Women with Breast Cancer in Vermont
An article on the factors associated with a longer time between breast cancer diagnosis and the start of chemotherapy in Vermont.
08/30/2016 PDF Download


mortality

Title Date Type
Cancer Data Pages Chapter: Cancer Mortality
A subset of the Cancer Data Pages, focused on cancer mortality. Designed to be a resource for anyone interested in cancer data in Vermont, especially Department of Health partners who may want to use one or more slides in a presentation.
12/01/2015 PDF Download

community data

Title Date Type
Chittenden County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Essex County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Franklin County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Caledonia County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Bennington County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Addison County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Grand Isle County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Lamoille County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Windham County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Windsor County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Chittenden County: Understanding the Risk for Cancer
Slides from a presentation to the Burlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront staff which was focused on cancer prevention.
05/01/2016 PDF Download
Washington County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Rutland County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Orange County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Orleans County Cancer Fact Sheet
A two-page handout which contains county specific data on cancer risk factors and preventative behaviors, risk factor associated cancer incidence rates, cancer screening rates, advanced stage diagnosis rates, cancer prevalence and mortality.
02/01/2016 PDF Download
Rutland County: Understanding the Risk for Cancer
Slides from a presentation at a Rutland community forum discussing cancer.
10/01/2015 PDF Download

cancer data and statistics - online tools

Environmental Public Health Tracking

(SIR maps, county maps, community profiles
Online query tool through which users can access regional and local data on cancer incidence.
Healthy Vermonters 2020: Public Health Tracking An online query tool that displays maps with data on cancer specific Healthy Vermonter indicators and performance measures by county, hospital service area, or health district office.
Radon/ Smoking/ Lung Cancer: Public Health Tracking These data reports are designed to bring together information about these two leading causes of lung cancer, smoking and radon.

 

Learn More

Cancer Prevention and Control
Cancer Plans & Evaluation Reports
Vermont Cancer Registry
Cancer Scorecard

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Vermont Cancer Registry
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Burlington, VT 05402
Phone: 802-863-7644

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its support of the Vermont Cancer Registry under cooperative agreement NU58DP003911-05-00 awarded to the Vermont Department of Health. The findings and conclusions in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.