Cancer Rates By State 2019

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, it’s the second leading cause of death, coming only behind heart disease. Cancer is a disease that occurs when abnormal cells divide and begin to destroy body tissue. Cancer can affect nearly any part of the body. Some cancers can also shed cells into the bloodstream and spread throughout other parts of the body.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 1.658 million new cases of cancer in the United States in 2016. Nearly 600,000 people in the U.S. died as a result of cancer. When breaking this down, nearly 436 new cases were reported for every 100,000 people, while 156 out of every 100,000 people died of cancer.

Female breast cancer was the most common type of cancer when it came to new cases reported in 2016, affecting 124.2 out of every 100,000 people. Prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colon and rectum cancer were also the most prevalent types of cancers. The most deaths occurred in people that had cancer of the lung and bronchus, followed by female breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon and rectum cancer.

When looking at the numbers by state, the state of Kentucky had the highest rate of new cancer cases in 2016. The state had 509.7 cases per every 100,000 people – surpassing the national average of 435.6.

In second place is the state of Delaware, which also surpassed the national average with 487.2 new cases of cancer reported per 100,000 people. Pennsylvania didn’t fall far behind with 482.5 new cases per 100,000 people.

Multiple other states have surpassed the national average when it comes to new cancer rates based on this data. These states include but are not limited to:

  • New Hampshire: 480.9 cases per 100,000 people
  • New York: 474.8 cases per 100,000 people
  • New Jersey: 474.8 cases per 100,000 people
  • Iowa: 473.6 cases per 100,000 people
  • Maine: 473.4 cases per 100,000 people
  • Louisiana: 474.1 cases per 100,000 people
  • West Virginia: 472 cases per 100,000 people
  • Arkansas: 469.6 cases per 100,000 people
  • Georgia: 468.8 cases per 100,000 people
  • Mississippi: 465.8 cases per 100,000 people
  • Connecticut: 465.5 cases per 100,000 people
  • Illinois: 462.8 cases per 100,000 people
State New Cancer Rate Case Count 2019 Pop.
Kentucky509.727,1374,484,047
Delaware487.26,001975,033
Pennsylvania482.580,08912,813,969
New Hampshire480.98,4421,363,852
New Jersey474.851,5218,922,547
New York474.8113,02619,491,339
Iowa473.618,1463,167,997
Maine473.48,9011,342,097
Louisiana473.125,4514,652,581
West Virginia47211,6981,791,951
Arkansas469.617,0533,026,412
Georgia468.852,05610,627,767
Mississippi465.816,2652,987,895
Connecticut465.521,1173,567,871
Illinois462.868,95412,700,381
Wisconsin458.632,6885,832,661
North Carolina458.455,39410,497,741
Alabama457.827,1954,898,246
Kansas457.315,3122,910,931
Montana456.66,1941,074,532
Ohio456.165,64511,718,568
Minnesota455.729,6195,655,925
Tennessee455.736,5986,833,793
Rhode Island450.65,9721,056,738
South Dakota449.54,612892,631
North Dakota448.73,765760,900
Oklahoma447.920,1673,948,950
Nebraska446.49,8381,940,919
Missouri446.333,1716,147,861
Washington445.137,3787,666,343
Indiana44334,2606,718,616
Vermont442.43,681627,180
South Carolina440.927,3135,147,111
Maryland440.930,9426,062,917
Idaho439.28,3541,790,182
Michigan436.853,91110,020,472
Florida419.3119,40821,646,155
Hawaii414.27,3951,416,589
Virginia413.340,3228,571,946
Alaska405.82,882735,720
Oregon405.320,5964,245,901
Massachusetts404.233,6266,939,373
Wyoming402.32,775572,381
Texas391.8109,08329,087,070
Utah390.610,4943,221,610
Colorado388.823,2445,770,545
California385.6164,88739,747,267
Nevada38513,0543,087,025
District of Columbia378.32,566711,571
Arizona376.331,4437,275,070
New Mexico359.49,0752,096,034