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Iowa Cancer Data

What does cancer "look like" in Iowa? The following resources help answer that question by providing data about cancer in our state.

Cancer in Iowa Report


Each year, partners at the Iowa Cancer Registry release a report that provides an overview of the state of cancer in Iowa, with estimates of incidence and mortality for the year.

Download the 2019 report, which includes a special section about HPV-related cancers in Iowa.

Iowa Cancer Facts & Figures

The American Cancer Society, the Iowa Cancer Consortium, the State Health Registry of Iowa, and the Iowa Department of Public Health collaborated to produce these summaries of cancer in our state in 2014.

Summary documents include:

Iowa Cancer Maps

Image of a GIS-smoothed map of Iowa and cancer rates.

Iowa Cancer Maps help illustrate areas of the state where risk for developing or dying from certain cancers is higher than the state average, and to show trends over time. For each selected cancer, there are the following three options for viewing risk probabilities:

  • Incidence – new cases of the cancer
  • Late Stage Incidence – new late stage cases of the cancer, defined as AJCC stages III and IV (cancer has spread beyond the organ into lymph nodes or to other distant sites)
  • Mortality – deaths from the cancer

View the maps here


Cancer Rates by Iowa County

The Iowa Cancer Registry provides age-adjusted invasive cancer incidence rates in Iowa by county for 2006-2010.

Access the searchable database at

NCI State Cancer Profiles

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) provides dynamic views of cancer statistics for prioritizing cancer control efforts in the nation, states, and counties. Quick profiles are available by state and cancer site.

Access the data at

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides state surveillance data for various risk factors by year.

Access the searchable database at

Iowa County Health Rankings

County Health Rankings takes data down to the county level to show how communities are doing and where they can improve on health.