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Wisconsin Cancer Facts and Figures 2016

The American Cancer Society and the Department of Health Services’ Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System are pleased to present the fifth edition of Wisconsin Cancer Facts and Figures. In this new edition, we provide a series of brief reports highlighting the burden of cancer in Wisconsin. Each report is designed to be read quickly while providing detailed information to serve the needs of health care and public health professionals, policy makers, advocates, media, and cancer patients.

An estimated 285,000 Wisconsin residents are living with a cancer diagnosis. While this can be attributed to an increase in cancer screening rates, survivorship is also on the rise because of improved treatments. The rate of cancer mortality in Wisconsin is falling. Many organizations have worked to increase awareness about cancer prevention practices. Of particular note, an estimated one-third of all cancer deaths would be prevented if no one smoked, and another third could be prevented if everyone maintained a healthy weight and active lifestyle.

Summary documents, updated August 2016, include:


Wisconsin Cancer Facts and Figures 2016 was prepared by:

Beth Brunner, Health Systems Manager, Midwest Division, American Cancer Society, Inc.
N19 W24350 Riverside Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188, Email: Phone: 800-227-2345

Mary Foote, Epidemiologist, Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System, Office of Health Informatics
Division of Public Health, Department of Health Services, PO Box 309, Madison, WI 53701-0309, Email:

Special thanks for the collaborative support from the CDC grant partnership. The Cancer Prevention and Control Program in Wisconsin includes three coordinated components: National Program of Cancer Registries, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and Well Women Program. This report was funded in part by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under Cooperative Agreement U58/DP003897. The contents are the responsibility of the authors and do not reflect the official views of CDC.


Last revised January 7, 2021