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:

Cancer Rates By State 2020

State New Cancer Rate Case Count 2020 Pop.
Kentucky509.727,1374,499,692
Delaware487.26,001982,895
Pennsylvania482.580,08912,820,878
New Hampshire480.98,4421,371,246
New York474.8113,02619,440,469
New Jersey474.851,5218,936,574
Iowa473.618,1463,179,849
Maine473.48,9011,345,790
Louisiana473.125,4514,645,184
West Virginia47211,6981,778,070
Arkansas469.617,0533,038,999
Georgia468.852,05610,736,059
Mississippi465.816,2652,989,260
Connecticut465.521,1173,563,077
Illinois462.868,95412,659,682
Wisconsin458.632,6885,851,754
North Carolina458.455,39410,611,862
Alabama457.827,1954,908,621
Kansas457.315,3122,910,357
Montana456.66,1941,086,759
Ohio456.165,64511,747,694
Tennessee455.736,5986,897,576
Minnesota455.729,6195,700,671
Rhode Island450.65,9721,056,161
South Dakota449.54,612903,027
North Dakota448.73,765761,723
Oklahoma447.920,1673,954,821
Nebraska446.49,8381,952,570
Missouri446.333,1716,169,270
Washington445.137,3787,797,095
Indiana44334,2606,745,354
Vermont442.43,681628,061
South Carolina440.927,3135,210,095
Maryland440.930,9426,083,116
Idaho439.28,3541,826,156
Michigan436.853,91110,045,029
Florida419.3119,40821,992,985
Hawaii414.27,3951,412,687
Virginia413.340,3228,626,207
Alaska405.82,882734,002
Oregon405.320,5964,301,089
Massachusetts404.233,6266,976,597
Wyoming402.32,775567,025
Texas391.8109,08329,472,295
Utah390.610,4943,282,115
Colorado388.823,2445,845,526
California385.6164,88739,937,489
Nevada38513,0543,139,658
District of Columbia378.32,566720,687
Arizona376.331,4437,378,494
New Mexico359.49,0752,096,640