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Overview

Chronic Diseases are the leading causes of death nationally and in Delaware. Cardiovascular disease — including heart disease and stroke — is still the leading cause of death; cancer is second, followed by lung diseases and diabetes.

Key Data and Reports

Chronic Disease

Data are current as of 2021

Most recent dashboard update: 3/27/2023

Here, we highlight one key statistic from each topic. Click a table row to see more detailed data for the statistic. Or click on a link under "Topic Page" to view a statistic's corresponding topic page.

Table Key
Topic Page
Indicator

Kent County

% Change
Trendline
Asthma

Asthma Hospitalizations

age-adjusted rate per 10,000 population

4.4

Decreased 65.1%(2011 - 2021)
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD Hospitalizations

age-adjusted rate per 100,000 people age 25+

863.8

Decreased 24.9%(2018 - 2021)
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Cancer

Cancer Incidence

rate per 100,000 people

502.7

Decreased 4.2%(2016 - 2018)
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Diabetes Prevalence

Diabetes Prevalence

percentage of adults

13.2%

Increased 20.0%(2012 - 2019)
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Hypertension

Hypertension

percentage of adults

37.4%

Increased 7.8%(2013 - 2019)
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Myocardial Infarction

Myocardial Infarction Hospitalizations

rate per 100,000 people aged 35+

328.5

Decreased 30.5%(2011 - 2021)
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Additional Information

Chronic Disease in Kent County

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