Maine’s children can’t afford to have the chemical Bisphenol A, (BPA) repealed by Paul LePage.

Bisphenol A is a hormone disrupting chemical, which means that it can mimic or block hormones and disrupt the body’s normal functions. It can have health effects at extremely low exposure levels. BPA is especially of concern for vulnerable populations: pregnant women, babies and children. Read more…

As you will see below, the number of losses through cancer deaths of our children in Maine is staggering. At a time when they should be beginning their lives and looking forward to growing into adulthood, they are to soon taken from this earth. Now we have according to science a new University of Cincinnati study showing BPA may inhibit chemo- therapy treatment in breast cancer patients.

While you may question whether BPA does in fact *cause* cancer (science shows it may), it is seemingly beyond comprehension, that any government, much less our own governor would consider taking the right to *survive* away from a child or, any human being, risking their lives against what science is telling us, by allowing a chemical which may inhibit* * their care, their wellness, in fact, their very chances for survival and life for the treatment of cancer. I find it inconceivable and unforgivable. It is a risk that should never be considered for any reason, by *anyone*.

Please take a minute, make a difference. Write your legislators, (I’ve provided their contact information for you below the stats.) Write Your Editor~Maine newspaper email contacts may be found by clicking this link.

Kindest,

Emily

According to the National Cancer Institute, Maine’s cancer incidence rate is troubling because it does not follow the national trend of *declining* incidence rates, age adjusted cancer incidence rates in the United Staes have been declining since 1999, but Maine’s have remained virtually unchanged over the same time period. The reason rates have increased is unclear, but may be a reflection of improved screening rates and technology.’

Approximately 8,200 Maine residents were diagnosed with some kind of cancer in 2007. *The age adjusted (*please see explanation below*) cancer incidence rate in 2007 was 515 cases per 100,000 Mainers, the highest cancer incidence rate in the nation.* The incidence rate for the U.S. as a whole in 2007 was 461 cases per 100,000.

### Cancer figures for children in Maine under age twenty years.

Death Rate, Trend Comparison by State, and County, death years through 2007

Maine versus the death rate for entire United States, includes: All Races, Both Sexes Sorted by Priority Index and created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 01/30/2011 4:52 am.

Esophagus (Males)

- The priority index is 1
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is above the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 80
- The annual death rate (2007) is 11.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 8.9 to 14.1
- The rate ratio is 1.468347034
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 2.1 with a 95% confidence interval from 1.6 to 2.6
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Lung & Bronchus (Females)
- The priority index is 1
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is above the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 421
- The annual death rate (2007) is 46.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 42.1 to 51.2
- The rate ratio is 1.162963940
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from 0.0 to 0.9
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Brain & ONS (Females)
- The priority index is 2
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 41
- The annual death rate (2007) is 4.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 3.4 to 6.6
- The rate ratio is 1.395935012
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.8 with a 95% confidence interval from 0.2 to 1.5
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Liver & Bile Duct (Females)
- The priority index is 2
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 33
- The annual death rate (2007) is 3.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 2.5 to 5.2
- The rate ratio is 1.124185361
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 2.2 with a 95% confidence interval from 1.3 to 3.2
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Melanoma of the Skin (Males)
- The priority index is 2
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 29
- The annual death rate (2007) is 4.1 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 2.8 to 6.0
- The rate ratio is 1.042074620
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 1.0 with a 95% confidence interval from 0.1 to 1.9
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Pancreas (Females)
- The priority index is 2
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 82
- The annual death rate (2007) is 8.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 6.9 to 10.9
- The rate ratio is 0.932687068
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from 0.0 to 0.7
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Liver & Bile Duct (Males)
- The priority index is 3
- The recent trend is rising
- This death rate is below the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 45
- The annual death rate (2007) is 6.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 4.3 to 8.1
- The rate ratio is 0.757227076
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 2.9 with a 95% confidence interval from 2.3 to 3.5
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Bladder (Females)
- The priority index is 4
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is above the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 35
- The annual death rate (2007) is 3.6 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 2.5 to 5.1
- The rate ratio is 1.629147284
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.1 to 0.2
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Bladder (Males)
- The priority index is 5
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is above the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 74
- The annual death rate (2007) is 11.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 8.6 to 13.9
- The rate ratio is 1.457651066
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.1 to 0.0
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Colon & Rectum (Females)
- The priority index is 5
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is above the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 162
- The annual death rate (2007) is 17.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 14.4 to 19.9
- The rate ratio is 1.198307929
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to -1.8
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Brain & ONS (Males)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 28
- The annual death rate (2007) is 3.9 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 2.6 to 5.7
- The rate ratio is 0.768090410
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.3 to 1.1
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Esophagus (Females)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 16
- The annual death rate (2007) is 1.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 1.0 to 2.9
- The rate ratio is 1.091837182
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.7 to 1.3
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Kidney & Renal Pelvis (Females)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 34
- The annual death rate (2007) is 3.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 2.6 to 5.3
- The rate ratio is 1.438067409
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.3 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.6 to 1.2
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Kidney & Renal Pelvis (Males)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 45
- The annual death rate (2007) is 6.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 4.6 to 8.5
- The rate ratio is 1.088490044
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.9 to 0.6
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Leukemia (Females)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 40
- The annual death rate (2007) is 4.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 3.3 to 6.5
- The rate ratio is 0.897200053
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.0 to 0.3
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Leukemia (Males)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 74
- The annual death rate (2007) is 11.0 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 8.6 to 13.8
- The rate ratio is 1.163248949
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.0 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.6 to 0.7
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Ovary (Females)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 67
- The annual death rate (2007) is 7.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 5.8 to 9.6
- The rate ratio is 0.911508938
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -6.9 with a 95% confidence interval from -14.0 to 0.8
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Pancreas (Males)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 89
- The annual death rate (2007) is 12.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 10.1 to 15.6
- The rate ratio is 1.010935491
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.6 to 0.4
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Uterus (Females)
- The priority index is 6
- The recent trend is stable
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 43
- The annual death rate (2007) is 4.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 3.4 to 6.5
- The rate ratio is 1.146241959
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.5 with a 95% confidence interval from -1.1 to 0.1
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Breast (Females)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 184
- The annual death rate (2007) is 20.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 17.4 to 23.5
- The rate ratio is 0.888827565
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.4 to -2.1
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Cervix (Females)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 19
- The annual death rate (2007) is 2.2 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 1.3 to 3.5
- The rate ratio is 0.903500124
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -4.2 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.0 to -3.5
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Colon & Rectum (Males)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 151
- The annual death rate (2007) is 21.8 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 18.4 to 25.7
- The rate ratio is 1.088282506
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.5 to -2.0
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Lung & Bronchus (Males)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 492
- The annual death rate (2007) is 70.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 64.2 to 77.0
- The rate ratio is 1.079270470
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -1.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.3 to -1.3
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (Females)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 41
- The annual death rate (2007) is 4.4 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 3.2 to 6.1
- The rate ratio is 0.856683305
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -5.8 to -1.3
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (Males)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 64
- The annual death rate (2007) is 9.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 7.3 to 12.2
- The rate ratio is 1.147503036
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -7.3 to -0.1
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Oral Cavity & Pharynx (Males)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 27
- The annual death rate (2007) is 3.7 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 2.4 to 5.4
- The rate ratio is 0.953040819
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.1 to -1.6
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Prostate (Males)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 138
- The annual death rate (2007) is 22.5 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 18.9 to 26.6
- The rate ratio is 0.957537400
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.6 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.5 to -2.6
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Stomach (Females)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 23
- The annual death rate (2007) is 2.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 1.4 to 3.5
- The rate ratio is 0.891508109
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -3.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -4.0 to -2.8
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Stomach (Males)
- The priority index is 8
- The recent trend is falling
- This death rate is similar to the US rate
- The deaths per year (2007) is 36
- The annual death rate (2007) is 5.3 per 100,000 with a 95% confidence interval from 3.7 to 7.3
- The rate ratio is 1.052921590
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.8 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.5 to -2.1
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Melanoma of the Skin (Females)
- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is stable
- The comparison to US is *
- The deaths per year (2007) is *
- The annual death rate (2007) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The average annual percent change in death rates is 0.4 with a 95% confidence interval from -0.4 to 1.2
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Oral Cavity & Pharynx (Females)
- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is falling
- The comparison to US is *
- The deaths per year (2007) is *
- The annual death rate (2007) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -2.1 with a 95% confidence interval from -3.0 to -1.1
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Thyroid (Females)
- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is stable
- The comparison to US is *
- The deaths per year (2007) is *
- The annual death rate (2007) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The average annual percent change in death rates is -0.7 with a 95% confidence interval from -2.2 to 0.9
- The recent trend period is 2003 – 2007
- Thyroid (Males)
- The priority index is *
- The recent trend is **
- The comparison to US is *
- The deaths per year (2007) is *
- The annual death rate (2007) is *
- The rate ratio is *
- The recent average annual percent change in death rates is **
- The recent trend period is **Created by statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov on 01/30/2011 4:52 am.

Trend^{2}Rising when 95% confidence interval of average annual percent change is above 0.Stable when 95% confidence interval of average annual percent change includes 0.Falling when 95% confidence interval of average annual percent change is below 0.Rate Comparison Above when 95% confident the rate is above and Rate Ratio^{3} > 1.10Similar when unable to conclude above or below with confidence.Below when 95% confident the rate is below and Rate Ratio^{3} < 0.90 |

* Data has been suppressed to ensure confidentiality and stability of rate and trend estimates.

** Data are too sparse to provide stable estimates of annual rates needed to calculate trend.

^{1} Priority indices were created by ordering from rates that are rising and above the comparison rate to rates that are falling and below the comparison rate.

^{2} Recent trend in death rates is Average Annual Percent Change (AAPC) based on the APCs calculated by Joinpoint Regression Program. Due to data availability issues, the time period used in the calculation of the joinpoint regression model may differ for selected racial groups or counties.

^{3} Rate ratio is the county rate divided by the US rate.

Source: Death data provided by the National Vital Statistics System public use data file. Death rates calculated by the National Cancer Institute using SEER*Stat. Death rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1–4, 5–9, … , 80–84, 85+). The Healthy People 2010 goals are based on rates adjusted using different methods but the differences should be minimal. Population counts for denominators are based on Census populations as modified by NCI. The US populations included with the data release have been adjusted for the population shifts due to hurricanes Katrina and Rita for 62 counties and parishes in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The 1969-2007 US Population Data File is used with mortality data.

Note: When the population size for a denominator is small, the rates may be unstable. A rate is unstable when a small change in the numerator (e.g., only one or two additional cases) has a dramatic effect on the calculated rate. Suppression is used to avoid misinterpretation when rates are unstable.

State Cancer Registries may provide more current or more local data. Data presented on the State Cancer Profiles Web Site may differ from statistics reported by the State Cancer Registries (for more information

**Maine Governor and Senate Contacts:**

Paul R. LePage

1 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0001

(207) 287-3531

governor@maine.gov