Special Report

States Where Cancer Kills the Most People

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35. Texas
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 141 per 100,000 (total: 41,489)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 546 per 100,00 people — 3rd lowest (total: 114,402)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 33 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 9,109)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 11 per 100,000 people — 25th highest (total: 3,017)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 18 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 1,938)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 20.2% — 3rd lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 15.7% — 18th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 30.1% — 25th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 18.4% — the highest
> Poverty rate: 13.6% — 11th highest

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34. Minnesota
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 142 per 100,000 (total: 10,042)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 730 per 100,00 people — 18th highest (total: 31,249)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 34 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 2,316)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 09 per 100,000 people — 5th lowest (total: 621)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 582)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.6% — 17th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 14.5% — 11th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 27.9% — 16th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 4.9% — 5th lowest
> Poverty rate: 9.0% — 3rd lowest

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33. Washington
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 143 per 100,000 (total: 12,960)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 652 per 100,00 people — 10th lowest (total: 37,522)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 34 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest (total: 2,928)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 21st lowest (total: 896)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 19 per 100,000 people — 25th highest (total: 677)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.1% — 24th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 13.5% — 5th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 27.8% — 15th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 6.6% — 17th lowest
> Poverty rate: 9.8% — 9th lowest

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32. Maryland
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 144 per 100,000 (total: 10,743)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 674 per 100,00 people — 18th lowest (total: 31,735)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 36 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 2,575)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 8th highest (total: 864)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 555)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 22.1% — 6th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 13.8% — 8th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 31.0% — 23rd highest
> Residents without health insurance: 6.0% — 12th lowest
> Poverty rate: 9.0% — 4th lowest

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31. Virginia
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 145 per 100,000 (total: 15,045)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 605 per 100,00 people — 8th lowest (total: 39,910)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 37 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 3,710)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 6th highest (total: 1,189)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 775)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 23.1% — 10th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 16.4% — 23rd lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 29.8% — 23rd lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 7.9% — 24th lowest
> Poverty rate: 9.9% — 11th lowest

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