Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Years of Potential Life Lost: Latino vs White

New York except NYC and New York Finger Lakes Region

The chart compares the incidence rate and rate of years of potential life lost due to colorectal cancer among Latino and White non-Latino residents. In the Finger Lakes region, Latino residents are less likely to have colorectal cancer than White non-Latino residents with an incidence rate that is 16% lower. However, they are more likely to die at an early age due to colorectal cancer than White non-Latinos. 

This data visualization is part of Unheard: How Silencing Latino Voices Harms Latino Health Equity.

Methodology note: Years of potential life lost (YPLL) is a widely used measure to assess the rate of premature mortality. YPLL places a larger weight on the deaths of younger people, in contrast with overall mortality statistics which are dominated by deaths of the elderly. The YPLL rates in Common Ground Health analyses are derived using 75 years as the baseline. A death at age 65 has YPLL of 10, where as a death at age 35 has a YPLL of 40. The rates are calculated per 100,000 population and are age-sex adjusted to account for differences in population distribution.

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