Special Report

States With The Highest Cancer Rates


To identify the incidence of cancer in every state, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the age-adjusted cancer incidence rate in every state using data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate represents the number of new cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people during 2017, the latest year for which data is available, in all 50 states.

The data comes from the report, “United States Cancer Statistics: 2001-2017 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report,” accessed from the National Program of Cancer Registries and Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Stat Database: U.S. Cancer Statistics 2001–2017, released June 2020.

The percentage of adults who currently smoke as well as the adult obesity rate in each state were obtained from the 2020 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The percentage of residents in every state without health insurance came from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2019 1-Year Estimates.

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