Special Report

States Where Cancer Kills the Most People

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15. Kansas
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 154 per 100,000 (total: 5,619)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 697 per 100,00 people — 22nd lowest (total: 15,331)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 39 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 1,390)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 10 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 353)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 18 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 273)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 24.6% — 20th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 17.4% — 22nd highest
> Adult obesity rate: 33.2% — 11th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 9.2% — 19th highest
> Poverty rate: 11.4% — 24th lowest

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14. South Carolina
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 154 per 100,000 (total: 10,487)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 708 per 100,00 people — 25th lowest (total: 27,762)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 41 per 100,000 people — 16th highest (total: 2,700)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 708)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 22 per 100,000 people — 4th highest (total: 557)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 25.5% — 18th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 18.8% — 15th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.9% — 12th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 10.8% — 11th highest
> Poverty rate: 13.8% — 10th highest

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13. Michigan
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 157 per 100,000 (total: 20,923)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 704 per 100,00 people — 24th lowest (total: 54,793)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 42 per 100,000 people — 13th highest (total: 5,502)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 11 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 1,334)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 18 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 924)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 26.6% — 8th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 19.3% — 13th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.0% — 18th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 5.8% — 10th lowest
> Poverty rate: 13.0% — 17th highest

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12. Missouri
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 160 per 100,000 (total: 12,873)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 727 per 100,00 people — 19th highest (total: 34,379)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 47 per 100,000 people — 7th highest (total: 3,690)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 14th highest (total: 879)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 17 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 537)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 26.6% — 8th highest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 20.8% — 11th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 32.2% — 17th highest
> Residents without health insurance: 10.0% — 15th highest
> Poverty rate: 12.9% — 18th highest

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11. Alabama
> Cancer mortality rate in 2019: 161 per 100,000 (total: 10,266)
> Number of cancer diagnoses in 2017: 718 per 100,00 people — 24th highest (total: 27,137)
> Lung cancer mortality rate in 2017: 47 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 2,946)
> Breast cancer mortality rate in 2017: 12 per 100,000 people — 12th highest (total: 704)
> Prostate cancer mortality rate in 2017: 19 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest (total: 464)
> Share of population with history of smoking: 24.3% — 16th lowest
> Share of adult population currently smoking: 20.9% — 10th highest
> Adult obesity rate: 35.5% — 3rd highest
> Residents without health insurance: 9.7% — 17th highest
> Poverty rate: 15.5% — 7th highest

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