Special Report

States Where Cancer Kills the Most People

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40. Wyoming
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 139 per 100,000 (total: 1,016)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 652 per 100,00 people — 11th lowest (total: 2,875)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 31 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 216)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 09 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 59)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 13 per 100,000 people — the lowest (total: 41)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 24.4% — 17th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 18.7% — 17th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 28.9% — 20th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 12.3% — 6th highest
> Poverty rate: 10.1% — 14th lowest

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39. Florida
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 139 per 100,000 (total: 45,583)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 744 per 100,00 people — 12th highest (total: 124,804)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 36 per 100,000 people — 21st lowest (total: 11,403)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest (total: 2,993)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 17 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 2,409)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 26.3% — 13th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 16.1% — 22nd lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 26.6% — 12th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 13.2% — 4th highest
> Poverty rate: 12.7% — 19th highest

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38. Massachusetts
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 140 per 100,000 (total: 12,582)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 688 per 100,00 people — 21st lowest (total: 37,769)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 35 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 3,074)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 902)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 18 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 640)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.3% — 22nd highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 13.7% — 6th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 24.7% — 4th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 3.0% — the lowest
> Poverty rate: 9.4% — 8th lowest

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37. North Dakota
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 141 per 100,000 (total: 1,316)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 666 per 100,00 people — 14th lowest (total: 3,878)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 35 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 310)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 97)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 79)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 22.8% — 7th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 18.3% — 18th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.7% — 13th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 6.9% — 19th lowest
> Poverty rate: 10.6% — 17th lowest

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36. Montana
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 141 per 100,000 (total: 2,099)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 783 per 100,00 people — 5th highest (total: 6,426)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 32 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 465)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 132)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 26 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest (total: 160)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 26.7% — 6th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 17.2% — 25th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 25.8% — 7th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 8.3% — 24th highest
> Poverty rate: 12.6% — 20th highest

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