Monroe County has the highest overall cancer incidence rate in our six-county area — a rate slightly higher than the state rate, according to the recently released Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2012.
The report, put together by the Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Cancer Consortium and American Cancer Society, shows that Monroe County’s cancer incidence rate between 2004 and 2008 for all cancers is 476.4 per 100,000 people. That is a bit higher than the state rate of 475.6, and higher than the rates for Morgan County (475.8), Lawrence County (469.3), Owen County (468.7), Greene County (435.8) and Brown County (397.1).
Monroe County shows a low rate of lung cancer compared with the state average. But Monroe also has the highest rates for prostate cancer, skin melanoma and female breast cancer. Monroe County has a prostate cancer rate of 156, well ahead of the state rate of 136; a female breast cancer rate of 126.9, higher than the state rate of 116; and a skin melanoma rate of 25.3, compared with the state rate of 16.8.