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Kimmel in Your Community

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is in your community. At Johns Hopkins, we recognize our obligation to serve and educate the community and to ensure that new discoveries and knowledge are disseminated at the community level.

Our outreach programs to minorities and underserved citizens have provided access to Johns Hopkins expertise and care to communities throughout Baltimore and Maryland and dramatically improved the ability of everyone to access cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.

Our goal is not only to teach people about cancer screening, prevention, and treatment, but to guide and support them as they put what they’ve learned into use.

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Kimmel in the Community 2019

The Statistics

Kimmel in the Community
  • Maryland's cancer death rate -- once the second highest in the nation -- is now 31st in the nation.1
  • Cancer death rates in Maryland are below the national cancer death rate and are declining among all citizens.2
  • Maryland's cancer death rates are falling more rapidly than the national average.3
  • Cancer death disparities between black and white Marylanders have narrowed by more than 60 percent since 2001.4
  • Cancer incidence rates in Maryland are below the national average.5
  • The rate of decline in incidence and death for colorectal cancer exceeds the national average.6
  • Lung, prostate, breast, cervical and oral cancer and melanoma death rates are decreasing.7
  • Risk factors for cancer -- obesity, chronic alcohol use, tobacco use, and low physical activity -- have a statewide prevalence below the national average.8
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Maryland excels in cancer screening.9
  • Maryland smoking rates for adults and youth are below the national average.10 Adults are 6th best; Maryland youth smoking is 11.9 percent vs 15.7 percent in the U.S., 2013.
  • Johns Hopkins clinicians and scientists have been health resources for Maryland's elected officials and have supported anti-smoking and clean air legislation.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. (-2.0 percent, 2012 [-2.2 to -1.8] per State Cancer Profiles)
  3. (-1.5 percent per year per State Cancer Profiles)
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  5. (2012, State Cancer Profiles, MD [425.2, 420.1-430.4], US [432,3, 431.6-433.0])
  6. State Cancer Profiles; decline in incidence (2008-2012: -4.2, -6.4 to -2.1) and death (2008-2012: -3.8, -4.2 to -3.4); national average (-3.9, -4.7 to -3.0 and -2.5, -2.8 to -2.3, respectively)
  7. 2008-2012, State Cancer Profiles
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tobacco Free Kids

*State Cancer Profiles

**MD DHMH 2015 Cancer Data CRFP CPESTP

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