Cancer Rates By State 2020

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

Cancer Rates By State 2020

State New Cancer Rate Case Count 2020 Pop.
Kentucky509.727,1374,499,690
Delaware487.26,001982,895
Pennsylvania482.580,08912,820,900
New Hampshire480.98,4421,371,250
New York474.8113,02619,440,500
New Jersey474.851,5218,936,570
Iowa473.618,1463,179,850
Maine473.48,9011,345,790
Louisiana473.125,4514,645,180
West Virginia47211,6981,778,070
Arkansas469.617,0533,039,000
Georgia468.852,05610,736,100
Mississippi465.816,2652,989,260
Connecticut465.521,1173,563,080
Illinois462.868,95412,659,700
Wisconsin458.632,6885,851,750
North Carolina458.455,39410,611,900
Alabama457.827,1954,908,620
Kansas457.315,3122,910,360
Montana456.66,1941,086,760
Ohio456.165,64511,747,700
Tennessee455.736,5986,897,580
Minnesota455.729,6195,700,670
Rhode Island450.65,9721,056,160
South Dakota449.54,612903,027
North Dakota448.73,765761,723
Oklahoma447.920,1673,954,820
Nebraska446.49,8381,952,570
Missouri446.333,1716,169,270
Washington445.137,3787,797,100
Indiana44334,2606,745,350
Vermont442.43,681628,061
South Carolina440.927,3135,210,100
Maryland440.930,9426,083,120
Idaho439.28,3541,826,160
Michigan436.853,91110,045,000
Florida419.3119,40821,993,000
Hawaii414.27,3951,412,690
Virginia413.340,3228,626,210
Alaska405.82,882734,002
Oregon405.320,5964,301,090
Massachusetts404.233,6266,976,600
Wyoming402.32,775567,025
Texas391.8109,08329,472,300
Utah390.610,4943,282,120
Colorado388.823,2445,845,530
California385.6164,88739,937,500
Nevada38513,0543,139,660
District of Columbia378.32,566720,687
Arizona376.331,4437,378,490
New Mexico359.49,0752,096,640