Special Report

States Where Cancer Kills the Most People

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20. Illinois
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 152 per 100,000 (total: 23,902)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 699 per 100,00 people — 23rd lowest (total: 69,222)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 39 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 6,009)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 11 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 1,730)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 21 per 100,000 people — 8th highest (total: 1,273)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.2% — 25th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 15.5% — 15th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 29.7% — 22nd lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 7.4% — 21st lowest
> Poverty rate: 11.5% — 25th lowest

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19. North Carolina
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 152 per 100,000 (total: 19,951)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 715 per 100,00 people — 25th highest (total: 57,037)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 42 per 100,000 people — 14th highest (total: 5,286)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 1,464)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 19 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 910)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 24.1% — 13th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 17.2% — 24th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 31.4% — 21st highest
> Residents without health insurance: 11.3% — 10th highest
> Poverty rate: 13.6% — 12th highest

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18. South Dakota
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 153 per 100,000 (total: 1,737)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 722 per 100,00 people — 23rd highest (total: 4,739)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 39 per 100,000 people — 25th highest (total: 422)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 106)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 16 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 71)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 26.2% — 15th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 19.3% — 14th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 31.8% — 20th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 10.2% — 13th highest
> Poverty rate: 11.9% — 23rd highest

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17. Pennsylvania
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 154 per 100,000 (total: 27,746)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 782 per 100,00 people — 6th highest (total: 79,340)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 39 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest (total: 6,910)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 16th highest (total: 2,012)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 18 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 1,347)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 26.4% — 10th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 18.7% — 16th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 30.3% — 25th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 5.8% — 9th lowest
> Poverty rate: 12.0% — 22nd highest

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16. Rhode Island
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 154 per 100,000 (total: 2,210)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 685 per 100,00 people — 20th lowest (total: 5,841)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 40 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 556)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 09 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 129)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 20 per 100,000 people — 10th highest (total: 116)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 26.7% — 6th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 14.9% — 13th lowest
> Adult obesity rate: 28.1% — 18th lowest
> Residents without health insurance: 4.1% — 2nd lowest
> Poverty rate: 10.8% — 18th lowest

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