Special Report

States Where Cancer Kills the Most People

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10. Ohio
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 163 per 100,000 (total: 25,170)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 743 per 100,00 people — 13th highest (total: 67,268)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 45 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 6,796)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 1,780)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 19 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 1,211)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 24.3% — 16th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 21.1% — 8th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.3% — 15th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 6.6% — 16th lowest
> Poverty rate: 13.1% — 15th highest

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9. Indiana
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 163 per 100,000 (total: 13,515)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 674 per 100,00 people — 16th lowest (total: 34,318)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 47 per 100,000 people — 6th highest (total: 3,792)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 15th highest (total: 915)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 19 per 100,000 people — 21st lowest (total: 594)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.0% — 23rd lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 21.8% — 7th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 33.4% — 8th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 8.7% — 22nd highest
> Poverty rate: 11.9% — 24th highest

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8. Maine
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 164 per 100,000 (total: 3,413)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 838 per 100,00 people — 2nd highest (total: 9,061)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 45 per 100,000 people — 12th highest (total: 919)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 188)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 167)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 30.4% — the highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 17.3% — 23rd highest
> Adult obesity rate: 29.9% — 24th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 8.0% — 25th highest
> Poverty rate: 10.9% — 19th lowest

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7. Arkansas
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 166 per 100,000 (total: 6,482)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 761 per 100,00 people — 9th highest (total: 17,474)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 51 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest (total: 1,954)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 424)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 17 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 267)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.5% — 18th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 22.3% — 5th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 34.2% — 5th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 9.1% — 20th highest
> Poverty rate: 16.2% — 5th highest

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6. Tennessee
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 167 per 100,000 (total: 14,382)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 722 per 100,00 people — 22nd highest (total: 37,623)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 47 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 4,001)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 13th highest (total: 946)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 13th highest (total: 644)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.3% — 22nd highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 22.6% — 4th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 33.2% — 9th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 10.1% — 14th highest
> Poverty rate: 13.9% — 9th highest

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