U.S. Cancer Morbidity and Mortality Trends

  • K.G. Manton
  • Igor Akushevich
  • Julia Kravchenko
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)

Introduction: Cancer Mortality and Morbidity Registration

The vital records and statistics system in the United States began at the local level in the eighteenth century, and then progressed to the state level in the nineteenth century. In the 1930s, the national vital statistics system was developed (U.S. Vital Statistics System, 1950). Population-based cancer mortality data in the U.S. began to be collected at the beginning of the twentieth century. From 1930 to 1998, mortality data included information on race, gender, year, and age at death, which were published annually in Vital Statistics of the United States (U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1950–1959; Federal Security Agency, 1945–1949; U.S. Department of Commerce, 1930–1936, 1937–1944). By 1930, 47 of the existing 48 states and the District of Columbia were included in the national vital statistics system, in 1933 – Texas, in 1959 – Alaska, and in 1960 – Hawaii (Hetzel, 1997; Wingo et al., 2003).



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  • K.G. Manton
    • 1
  • Igor Akushevich
    • 1
  • Julia Kravchenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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