Special Report

States With The Highest Cancer Rates

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20. Tennessee
> Cancer diagnoses in 2017 per 100,000 people: 458 (28 more than U.S. avg. of 430 per 100,000 people)
> Total number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 37,623
> Cancer deaths: 14,302 or 174 per 100,000 people — 6th highest
> Female breast cancer incidence: 5,095 or 118 per 100,000 women — 12th lowest
> Prostate cancer incidence: 4,874 or 119 per 100,000 men — 16th highest
> Lung cancer incidence: 6,044 or 71 per 100,000 people — 5th highest
> Adult smoking rate: 22.6% — 4th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 33.2% — 9th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 10.1% — 14th highest

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19. North Carolina
> Cancer diagnoses in 2017 per 100,000 people: 458 (28 more than U.S. avg. of 430 per 100,000 people)
> Total number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 57,037
> Cancer deaths: 19,474 or 157 per 100,000 people — 21st highest
> Female breast cancer incidence: 8,738 or 133 per 100,000 women — 12th highest
> Prostate cancer incidence: 7,431 or 121 per 100,000 men — 13th highest
> Lung cancer incidence: 8,093 or 63 per 100,000 people — 11th highest
> Adult smoking rate: 17.2% — 24th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 31.4% — 21st highest
> Residents without health insurance: 11.3% — 9th highest

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18. Illinois
> Cancer diagnoses in 2017 per 100,000 people: 459 (29 more than U.S. avg. of 430 per 100,000 people)
> Total number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 69,222
> Cancer deaths: 24,150 or 158 per 100,000 people — 18th highest
> Female breast cancer incidence: 10,332 or 132 per 100,000 women — 16th highest
> Prostate cancer incidence: 8,313 or 111 per 100,000 men — 23rd highest
> Lung cancer incidence: 9,429 or 61 per 100,000 people — 18th highest
> Adult smoking rate: 15.5% — 15th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 29.7% — 22nd lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 7.4% — 21st lowest

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17. Ohio
> Cancer diagnoses in 2017 per 100,000 people: 459 (29 more than U.S. avg. of 430 per 100,000 people)
> Total number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 67,268
> Cancer deaths: 25,643 or 171 per 100,000 people — 8th highest
> Female breast cancer incidence: 9,830 or 130 per 100,000 women — 21st highest
> Prostate cancer incidence: 8,155 or 110 per 100,000 men — 25th lowest
> Lung cancer incidence: 9,742 or 64 per 100,000 people — 9th highest
> Adult smoking rate: 21.1% — 8th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.3% — 15th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 6.6% — 17th lowest

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16. Georgia
> Cancer diagnoses in 2017 per 100,000 people: 461 (31 more than U.S. avg. of 430 per 100,000 people)
> Total number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 52,690
> Cancer deaths: 17,135 or 155 per 100,000 people — 24th highest
> Female breast cancer incidence: 7,757 or 127 per 100,000 women — 24th lowest
> Prostate cancer incidence: 7,337 or 132 per 100,000 men — 4th highest
> Lung cancer incidence: 6,929 or 60 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest
> Adult smoking rate: 17.5% — 21st highest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.0% — 18th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 13.4% — 3rd highest

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