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Cancer Rates By State 2021

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, coming only behind heart disease. One out of every four deaths in the U.S. is from canacer. 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.

Cancer tends to be more prevalent in high-income countries, including the United States, due to lifestyle factors. These include smoking, obesity, and alcohol intake. Because these factors vary significantly from state-to-state, so do cancer rates.

Cancer Rates by State

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 1.701 million new cancer cases in the United States in 2017. Nearly 600,000 people in the U.S. died as a result of cancer. When breaking this down, nearly 438 new cases were reported for every 100,000 people, while 153 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 2017, affecting 125.1 out of 100,000 people. Prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colon and rectum cancer were also the most prevalent types of cancers. Most deaths occurred in people with cancer of the lung and bronchus, followed by female breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon and rectum cancer.

The ten states with the highest cancer rates (per 100,000 people) are:

  1. Kentucky - 510.2
  2. New Jersey - 482.4
  3. West Virginia - 482.4
  4. New York - 480.6
  5. Louisiana - 478.6
  6. Iowa - 477.3
  7. New Hampshire - 473.6
  8. Minnesota - 472.3
  9. Maine - 471.6
  10. Arkansas - 471.4

The states with the lowest cancer rates are New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, and Utah. All of these states have rates below 400 cases per 100,000 people.

Here are the 10 states with the highest rates of cancer:

  1. Kentucky (510.2 cases per 100,000 people)
  2. New Jersey (482.4 cases per 100,000 people)
  3. West Virginia (482.4 cases per 100,000 people)
  4. New York (480.6 cases per 100,000 people)
  5. Louisiana (478.6 cases per 100,000 people)
  6. New Hampshire (473.6 cases per 100,000 people)
  7. Minnesota (472.3 cases per 100,000 people)
  8. Maine (471.6 cases per 100,000 people)
  9. Arkansas (471.4 cases per 100,000 people)
  10. Nebraska (471.3 cases per 100,000 people)

Cancer Rates By State 2021

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Cancer Rates By State 2021

State New Cancer Rate Cases
Kentucky510.227,714
West Virginia482.412,143
New Jersey482.452,841
New York480.6115,007
Louisiana478.626,125
New Hampshire473.68,529
Minnesota472.331,249
Maine471.69,061
Arkansas471.417,474
Nebraska471.310,491
Pennsylvania471.279,340
Montana466.96,426
Mississippi465.316,585
Connecticut464.721,297
Georgia461.352,690
Ohio458.967,268
Illinois458.569,222
North Carolina458.257,037
Tennessee457.837,623
North Dakota455.53,878
Vermont454.43,901
Missouri452.734,379
Kansas450.615,331
Wisconsin448.332,651
Alabama446.927,137
Delaware446.75,617
Massachusetts444.737,769
Maryland442.631,735
Idaho436.38,624
Michigan435.454,793
Washington435.137,522
Indiana434.834,138
South Carolina434.427,762
Rhode Island434.35,841
Oklahoma432.319,871
Florida426.1124,804
Hawaii418.97,561
Oregon412.221,528
Wyoming411.72,875
Nevada405.414,105
Alaska404.52,917
Texas400.1114,402
Virginia40039,910
Utah397.110,951
Colorado394.324,263
California392.4170,784
Arizona374.932,494
New Mexico361.19,261
Iowa77.318,600
South Dakota49.64,739

Cancer Rates By State 2021