Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States, was first recorded as early as 4,000 years ago. The disease affects nearly all Americans, touching the lives both of those fighting the disease, and the many more who either support or have lost someone close to them.
Every year, more than 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer and more than half a million die from the disease. While cancer death rates have declined in recent years, this is not the case for diagnoses. The total number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by 2020 to nearly 2 million a year. At this rate, cancer will soon be the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Despite the many advances in discovering and managing cancer risk factors, much is still unknown. The likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer depends on a range of factors that contribute to large variations between states. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the latest cancer diagnosis rates in every state.
Correction: An earlier version of this piece identified relatively low smoking rates in 25 states as among the highest rates. For example, Utah’s smoking rate of 9.1% was named the highest. In fact it is the lowest. The ranks have been corrected.