Special Report

States Where Cancer Kills the Most People

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30. Oregon
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 145 per 100,000 (total: 8,080)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 659 per 100,00 people — 12th lowest (total: 21,528)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 35 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 1,865)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 516)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 441)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 27.0% — 4th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 16.1% — 21st lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 28.8% — 19th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 7.2% — 20th lowest
> Poverty rate: 11.4% — 23rd lowest

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29. Alaska
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 147 per 100,000 (total: 1,021)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 526 per 100,00 people — 2nd lowest (total: 2,917)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 31 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 203)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 09 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 61)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 17 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 39)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.9% — 16th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 21.0% — 9th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.5% — 14th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 12.2% — 7th highest
> Poverty rate: 10.1% — 13th lowest

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27. Nebraska
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 147 per 100,000 (total: 3,482)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 726 per 100,00 people — 20th highest (total: 10,491)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 36 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 815)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 11 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest (total: 247)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 18 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 179)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 24.7% — 21st lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 15.4% — 14th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.2% — 16th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 8.3% — 23rd highest
> Poverty rate: 9.9% — 10th lowest

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27. New Hampshire
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 147 per 100,000 (total: 2,819)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 786 per 100,00 people — 4th highest (total: 8,529)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 39 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 700)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 09 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 161)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 16th highest (total: 147)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 30.3% — 2nd highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 15.7% — 17th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 27.9% — 17th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 6.3% — 13th lowest
> Poverty rate: 7.3% — the lowest

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26. Nevada
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 149 per 100,000 (total: 5,434)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 610 per 100,00 people — 9th lowest (total: 14,105)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 38 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest (total: 1,312)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 11 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 377)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 18 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 259)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 24.5% — 18th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 17.6% — 19th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 25.7% — 6th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 11.4% — 8th highest
> Poverty rate: 12.5% — 21st highest

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