LA CROSSE, Wis. -

La Crosse County has a higher cancer rate than the state would like.

The latest numbers from the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program show around 550 people in the county are diagnosed with cancer every year. And about 200 people die annually from the disease.

The researchers goal is to decrease both of those numbers by about 15% with the ultimate goal of making them zero.

The La Crosse County Health Department says there are a number of factors influencing cancer rates. "It could be attributed to a lot of things, our activity levels, what we're eating, tobacco usage, drinking alcohol in large quantities," said La Crosse Co. Health Dept. Planning Coordinator Lindsay Menard.

The Health Department says lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the county.