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States with the highest cancer rates

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States with the highest cancer rates

Cancer is ubiquitous. Every American knows someone affected by the disease, whether it's a family member, friend, or neighbor. An estimated 38% of adults will be diagnosed in their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute, making cancer a top medical priority: National Center for Health Statistics reports cancer is the most-researched disease in the U.S.

The National Institutes of Health dedicate more than $6 million to cancer research each year. While this research has led to new treatments contributing to a consistent decrease in cancer mortality rates throughout the 21st century, about one-third of patients will not survive five years after their diagnoses. This threat is still a long way from being eradicated.

It is difficult to generalize trends of how cancer spreads across different populations. The term “cancer” in fact refers to a collection of more than 100 related diseases, each of which involves a breakdown in normal body processes due to cells dividing uncontrollably and spreading into surrounding areas. Every one of these individual diseases has different potential causes, and scientists are still hard at work identifying links between possible carcinogens and actual disease rates. Still, we can see clear variation between groups of people on a geographic level—particularly when comparing cancer rates across all 50 U.S. states. What factors might cause some states to have more people diagnosed with cancer each year, while other states have less? These questions are still being investigated, but hospitals and other research centers in every state are working to find answers.

To examine this geographic distribution, Stacker used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which carefully track the rates at which cancer affects the American population. We ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia by their incidence rates of cancer in 2016 (the most recent data available). The incidence rate refers to the number of people out of 100,000 who are diagnosed with cancer in a given year and is age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. We've also included incidence rates for the three most prevalent types of cancer in the U.S.: lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. And, for 38 of 50 slides, the story includes local charities that support cancer patients and medical research in these states, collected via Charity Navigator.

Read on to find out how your state fares.

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#51. New Mexico

- Cancer rate: 359.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (17.6% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 372.4 per 100,000 men; 352.8 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 139.8 per 100,000 people (10.4% below U.S. average; #5 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 36.4 per 100,000 people (35.0% below U.S. average; #2 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 106.6 per 100,000 people (14.0% below U.S. average; #1 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 79.7 per 100,000 people (21.1% below U.S. average; #18 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#50. Arizona

- Cancer rate: 376.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (13.7% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 392.2 per 100,000 men; 366.8 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 138.6 per 100,000 people (11.2% below U.S. average; #4 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 44.3 per 100,000 people (20.9% below U.S. average; #6 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 115 per 100,000 people (7.3% below U.S. average; #7 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 72.3 per 100,000 people (28.4% below U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (Charity Navigator score: 86.42, Goal: All are welcome here!)

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#49. District of Columbia

- Cancer rate: 378.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (13.2% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 394.7 per 100,000 men; 371.4 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 155.8 per 100,000 people (0.1% below U.S. average; #20 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 38.9 per 100,000 people (30.5% below U.S. average; #4 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 123.3 per 100,000 people (0.6% below U.S. average; #20 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 116.8 per 100,000 people (15.6% above U.S. average; #22 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (Charity Navigator score: 93.74, Goal: The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center transforms lives by providing free legal help through volunteer lawyers.)

[Pictured: "Lights of HOPE" ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, 2019.]

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#48. Nevada

- Cancer rate: 385 new incidents per 100,000 people (11.7% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 399.3 per 100,000 men; 374.8 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 158.8 per 100,000 people (1.8% above U.S. average; #25 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 50.5 per 100,000 people (9.8% below U.S. average; #12 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 111.7 per 100,000 people (9.9% below U.S. average; #4 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 77.9 per 100,000 people (22.9% below U.S. average; #19 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (Charity Navigator score: 92.22, Goal: Improving the quality of life for children and adults fighting a daily battle against disease)

[Pictured: The Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Festival, 2018 in Las Vegas.]

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#47. California

- Cancer rate: 385.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (11.6% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 406.7 per 100,000 men; 374.2 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 140.2 per 100,000 people (10.1% below U.S. average; #6 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 38.2 per 100,000 people (31.8% below U.S. average; #3 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 118.3 per 100,000 people (4.6% below U.S. average; #12 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 85.1 per 100,000 people (15.7% below U.S. average; #15 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area (Charity Navigator score: 99.29, Goal: Facing cancer together)

[Pictured: Eighteen-year-old cancer patient Patrick McGill at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center Childrens Hospital, 2005 in San Francisco.]

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#46. Colorado

- Cancer rate: 388.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (10.8% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 402 per 100,000 men; 384.7 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 138.3 per 100,000 people (11.3% below U.S. average; #3 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 40.2 per 100,000 people (28.2% below U.S. average; #5 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 127.4 per 100,000 people (2.7% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 85.9 per 100,000 people (15.0% below U.S. average; #14 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Family Resource Center Association (Charity Navigator score: 96.66, Goal: Providing a comprehensive approach to improving self-sufficiency for families and individuals)

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#45. Utah

- Cancer rate: 390.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (10.4% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 428.3 per 100,000 men; 363 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 123.3 per 100,000 people (21.0% below U.S. average; #1 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 25.1 per 100,000 people (55.2% below U.S. average; #1 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 114.4 per 100,000 people (7.7% below U.S. average; #5 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 112 per 100,000 people (10.9% above U.S. average; #16 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Crossroads Urban Center (Charity Navigator score: 94.78, Goal: Fighting Poverty and Building Community)

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#44. Texas

- Cancer rate: 391.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (10.1% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 429.9 per 100,000 men; 366.1 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 149.3 per 100,000 people (4.3% below U.S. average; #15 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 48.5 per 100,000 people (13.4% below U.S. average; #10 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 107.6 per 100,000 people (13.2% below U.S. average; #2 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 89.2 per 100,000 people (11.7% below U.S. average; #10 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: The Children's Assessment Center Foundation (Charity Navigator score: 100, Goal: Providing a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families)

[Pictured: The finish line at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 2018 in Houston.]

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#43. Wyoming

- Cancer rate: 402.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.7% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 430.7 per 100,000 men; 380.5 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 140.6 per 100,000 people (9.9% below U.S. average; #7 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 44.7 per 100,000 people (20.2% below U.S. average; #8 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 117.8 per 100,000 people (5.0% below U.S. average; #11 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 111.5 per 100,000 people (10.4% above U.S. average; #12 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#42. Massachusetts

- Cancer rate: 404.2 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.3% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 414.8 per 100,000 men; 402.4 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 149.9 per 100,000 people (3.9% below U.S. average; #16 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 56.7 per 100,000 people (1.3% above U.S. average; #24 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 139.3 per 100,000 people (12.3% above U.S. average; #2 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 94.9 per 100,000 people (6.0% below U.S. average; #3 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Falmouth Service Center (Charity Navigator score: 96.46, Goal: Helping Neighbors in Need.)

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#41. Oregon

- Cancer rate: 405.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.0% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 422.8 per 100,000 men; 395.5 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 157.7 per 100,000 people (1.1% above U.S. average; #23 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 50.1 per 100,000 people (10.5% below U.S. average; #11 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 118.6 per 100,000 people (4.4% below U.S. average; #13 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 86.7 per 100,000 people (14.2% below U.S. average; #12 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Pearl Buck Center (Charity Navigator score: 97.17, Goal: Offering people with various abilities and their families quality choices and supports to achieve their goals)

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#40. Alaska

- Cancer rate: 405.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.9% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 426.6 per 100,000 men; 389.5 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 159.3 per 100,000 people (2.1% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 54.9 per 100,000 people (2.0% below U.S. average; #19 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 114.8 per 100,000 people (7.4% below U.S. average; #6 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 93.6 per 100,000 people (7.3% below U.S. average; #8 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#39. Virginia

- Cancer rate: 413.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (5.2% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 442.6 per 100,000 men; 395.1 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 156.4 per 100,000 people (0.3% above U.S. average; #21 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 56.6 per 100,000 people (1.1% above U.S. average; #23 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 126.4 per 100,000 people (1.9% above U.S. average; #26 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 97.3 per 100,000 people (3.7% below U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: The Lamb Center (Charity Navigator score: 95.84, Goal: Serving the poor and homeless, transforming lives, and sharing God's love)

 

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#38. Hawaii

- Cancer rate: 414.2 new incidents per 100,000 people (5.0% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 445.1 per 100,000 men; 395.1 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 127.9 per 100,000 people (18.0% below U.S. average; #2 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 44.5 per 100,000 people (20.5% below U.S. average; #7 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 133.2 per 100,000 people (7.4% above U.S. average; #10 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 93.8 per 100,000 people (7.1% below U.S. average; #6 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#37. Florida

- Cancer rate: 419.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (3.8% below U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 452.1 per 100,000 men; 395.8 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 146.8 per 100,000 people (5.9% below U.S. average; #11 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 55.3 per 100,000 people (1.3% below U.S. average; #21 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 116.5 per 100,000 people (6.0% below U.S. average; #8 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 86.4 per 100,000 people (14.5% below U.S. average; #13 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (Charity Navigator score: 100, Goal: To end the suffering caused by breast cancer)

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#36. Michigan

- Cancer rate: 436.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (0.2% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 474.4 per 100,000 men; 411.2 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 166.1 per 100,000 people (6.5% above U.S. average; #15 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 60 per 100,000 people (7.1% above U.S. average; #21 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 123.3 per 100,000 people (0.6% below U.S. average; #20 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 105.9 per 100,000 people (4.9% above U.S. average; #8 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: SafeHouse Center (Charity Navigator score: 93.78, Goal: Building communities free of domestic violence and sexual assault.)

[Pictured: Flags on display at the Relay for Life of Ann Arbor event.]

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#35. Idaho

- Cancer rate: 439.2 new incidents per 100,000 people (0.7% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 470.9 per 100,000 men; 415.4 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 152.8 per 100,000 people (2.1% below U.S. average; #18 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 47.8 per 100,000 people (14.6% below U.S. average; #9 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 122.8 per 100,000 people (1.0% below U.S. average; #18 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 105 per 100,000 people (4.0% above U.S. average; #5 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Lee Pesky Learning Center (Charity Navigator score: 89.87, Goal: We specialize in providing solutions for people who think and learn differently.)

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#33. Maryland (tie)

- Cancer rate: 440.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (1.1% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 476.5 per 100,000 men; 418.3 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 156.6 per 100,000 people (0.4% above U.S. average; #22 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 53.8 per 100,000 people (3.9% below U.S. average; #18 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 128.6 per 100,000 people (3.7% above U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 120.9 per 100,000 people (19.7% above U.S. average; #24 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Operation Second Chance (Charity Navigator score: 100, Goal: Providing support for the soldiers at WRNMMC)

[Pictured: Participant of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Ocean City, MD.]

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#33. South Carolina (tie)

- Cancer rate: 440.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (1.1% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 486.7 per 100,000 men; 407.6 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 168.1 per 100,000 people (7.8% above U.S. average; #13 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 59.7 per 100,000 people (6.6% above U.S. average; #22 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 128.3 per 100,000 people (3.5% above U.S. average; #22 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 111.6 per 100,000 people (10.5% above U.S. average; #14 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Center for Development Services (Charity Navigator score: 94.69, Goal: Our doors open many more.)

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#32. Vermont

- Cancer rate: 442.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (1.5% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 454.8 per 100,000 men; 438.2 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 158.9 per 100,000 people (1.9% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 60.5 per 100,000 people (8.0% above U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 130.5 per 100,000 people (5.2% above U.S. average; #15 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 83.9 per 100,000 people (16.9% below U.S. average; #16 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: King Street Center (Charity Navigator score: 88.45, Goal: Embracing the fundamental belief in all children)

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#31. Indiana

- Cancer rate: 443 new incidents per 100,000 people (1.6% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 483.7 per 100,000 men; 417.1 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 172.3 per 100,000 people (10.4% above U.S. average; #9 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 70.4 per 100,000 people (25.7% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 117.6 per 100,000 people (5.2% below U.S. average; #10 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 89.5 per 100,000 people (11.4% below U.S. average; #9 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Little Red Door Cancer Agency (Charity Navigator score: 93.26, Goal: Making the most of life and the least of Cancer.)

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#30. Washington

- Cancer rate: 445.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.1% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 468.5 per 100,000 men; 432.6 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 152.6 per 100,000 people (2.2% below U.S. average; #17 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 53.2 per 100,000 people (5.0% below U.S. average; #15 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 132.6 per 100,000 people (6.9% above U.S. average; #12 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 97.3 per 100,000 people (3.7% below U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Cancer Lifeline (Charity Navigator score: 81.69, Goal: Optimizing the quality of life for all people living with cancer)

[Pictured: 13 year-old Owen Church, a leukemia survivor, runs during the 2019 Rock'n'Roll Seattle 5K.]

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#29. Missouri

- Cancer rate: 446.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.4% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 472 per 100,000 men; 431.5 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 166.8 per 100,000 people (6.9% above U.S. average; #14 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 68 per 100,000 people (21.4% above U.S. average; #9 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 132 per 100,000 people (6.5% above U.S. average; #14 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 88.3 per 100,000 people (12.6% below U.S. average; #11 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Fight Colorectal Cancer (Charity Navigator score: 95.05, Goal: get behind a cure)

[Pictured: ‘Cancer…There’s Hope’ sculpture at the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park in Kansas City, MO.]

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#28. Nebraska

- Cancer rate: 446.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.4% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 483.9 per 100,000 men; 421 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 154.1 per 100,000 people (1.2% below U.S. average; #19 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 51.2 per 100,000 people (8.6% below U.S. average; #13 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 127.5 per 100,000 people (2.8% above U.S. average; #24 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 112.2 per 100,000 people (11.1% above U.S. average; #17 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Hope Center for Kids (Charity Navigator score: 93.94, Goal: Faithfully inspiring hope in youth and children)

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#27. Oklahoma

- Cancer rate: 447.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.7% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 483.6 per 100,000 men; 424.6 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 178.5 per 100,000 people (14.4% above U.S. average; #6 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 63.3 per 100,000 people (13.0% above U.S. average; #15 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 125.9 per 100,000 people (1.5% above U.S. average; #24 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 93.7 per 100,000 people (7.2% below U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Crosstown Learning Center (Charity Navigator score: 92.22, Goal: Providing educational opportunities in a nurturing environment for children and their families to learn and grow together)

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#26. North Dakota

- Cancer rate: 448.7 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.9% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 479.8 per 100,000 men; 429.9 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 143 per 100,000 people (8.3% below U.S. average; #9 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 53.6 per 100,000 people (4.3% below U.S. average; #17 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 137.9 per 100,000 people (11.2% above U.S. average; #4 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 113.9 per 100,000 people (12.8% above U.S. average; #21 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#25. South Dakota

- Cancer rate: 449.5 new incidents per 100,000 people (3.1% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 487.5 per 100,000 men; 424.1 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 160.5 per 100,000 people (2.9% above U.S. average; #21 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 58.2 per 100,000 people (3.9% above U.S. average; #26 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 111.4 per 100,000 people (10.2% below U.S. average; #3 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 112.6 per 100,000 people (11.5% above U.S. average; #18 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Sacred Heart Center (Charity Navigator score: 70.5, Goal: A safe place for new beginnings)

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#24. Rhode Island

- Cancer rate: 450.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (3.3% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 466.3 per 100,000 men; 446.2 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 158.4 per 100,000 people (1.5% above U.S. average; #24 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 68.5 per 100,000 people (22.3% above U.S. average; #8 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 135.4 per 100,000 people (9.2% above U.S. average; #5 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 94 per 100,000 people (6.9% below U.S. average; #5 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation (Charity Navigator score: 80.9, Goal: We're Here for You!)

[Pictured: Rhode Island State House Illuminated in Pink Lights for Gloria Gemma Waterfire Celebration in downtown Providence.]

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#22. Minnesota (tie)

- Cancer rate: 455.7 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.5% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 486 per 100,000 men; 436.6 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 149.3 per 100,000 people (4.3% below U.S. average; #15 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 55.1 per 100,000 people (1.6% below U.S. average; #20 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 128.6 per 100,000 people (3.7% above U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 101.5 per 100,000 people (0.5% above U.S. average; #3 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (Charity Navigator score: 94.07, Goal: Taking action to make immigration systems work for all)

[Pictured: The Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, Minnesota is lit teal for Cancer Awareness.]

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#22. Tennessee (tie)

- Cancer rate: 455.7 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.5% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 513.3 per 100,000 men; 413.3 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 180.5 per 100,000 people (15.7% above U.S. average; #4 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 70.9 per 100,000 people (26.6% above U.S. average; #6 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 119.2 per 100,000 people (3.9% below U.S. average; #14 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 111.7 per 100,000 people (10.6% above U.S. average; #15 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Faith Family Medical Center (Charity Navigator score: 95.56, Goal: Affordable, quality healthcare for uninsured and underinsured working people and their families)

[Pictured: Charles Esten's Light The Night Walk, 2018 in Nashville.]

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#21. Ohio

- Cancer rate: 456.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.6% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 486.8 per 100,000 men; 437.5 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 173.5 per 100,000 people (11.2% above U.S. average; #8 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 64.9 per 100,000 people (15.9% above U.S. average; #12 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 128.7 per 100,000 people (3.8% above U.S. average; #19 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 100.7 per 100,000 people (0.3% below U.S. average; #1 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Cleveland Sight Center (Charity Navigator score: 94.07, Goal: Empowering people with vision loss to realize their full potential)

[Pictured: A crowd participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Columbus, Ohio.]

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#20. Montana

- Cancer rate: 456.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.7% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 494.2 per 100,000 men; 426.9 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 148.2 per 100,000 people (5.0% below U.S. average; #12 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 52.2 per 100,000 people (6.8% below U.S. average; #14 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 125.1 per 100,000 people (0.9% above U.S. average; #22 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 125.3 per 100,000 people (24.1% above U.S. average; #24 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#19. Kansas

- Cancer rate: 457.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.9% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 489.5 per 100,000 men; 437.8 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 158.9 per 100,000 people (1.9% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 55.4 per 100,000 people (1.1% below U.S. average; #22 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 132.3 per 100,000 people (6.7% above U.S. average; #13 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 101.8 per 100,000 people (0.8% above U.S. average; #4 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Capper Foundation (Charity Navigator score: 90.94, Goal: Building Abilities Together)

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#18. Alabama

- Cancer rate: 457.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (5.0% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 520.7 per 100,000 men; 413 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 174.3 per 100,000 people (11.7% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 64.2 per 100,000 people (14.6% above U.S. average; #13 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 122.4 per 100,000 people (1.3% below U.S. average; #17 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 122.3 per 100,000 people (21.1% above U.S. average; #25 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#17. North Carolina

- Cancer rate: 458.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (5.1% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 508.3 per 100,000 men; 425.1 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 161.9 per 100,000 people (3.8% above U.S. average; #19 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 65.3 per 100,000 people (16.6% above U.S. average; #11 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 133.9 per 100,000 people (8.0% above U.S. average; #6 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 112.7 per 100,000 people (11.6% above U.S. average; #19 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Urban Ministry Center (Charity Navigator score: 94.07, Goal: Dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness)

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#16. Wisconsin

- Cancer rate: 458.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (5.2% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 496.7 per 100,000 men; 432.6 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 159 per 100,000 people (1.9% above U.S. average; #24 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 58.3 per 100,000 people (4.1% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 130.3 per 100,000 people (5.1% above U.S. average; #16 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 109.4 per 100,000 people (8.3% above U.S. average; #11 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: The Women's Center, Wisconsin (Charity Navigator score: 86.26, Goal: Provide safety, shelter & support to empower all impacted by domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse & trafficking)

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#15. Illinois

- Cancer rate: 462.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.1% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 493.8 per 100,000 men; 445.6 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 162.1 per 100,000 people (3.9% above U.S. average; #18 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 62.2 per 100,000 people (11.1% above U.S. average; #18 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 133.3 per 100,000 people (7.5% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 105.6 per 100,000 people (4.6% above U.S. average; #6 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: People's Resource Center (Charity Navigator score: 94.8, Goal: Meeting our community needs - neighbor to neighbor)

[Pictured: Summer view of the Cancer Survivors' Garden in the city of Chicago.]

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#14. Connecticut

- Cancer rate: 465.5 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.8% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 501.1 per 100,000 men; 442.4 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 142.4 per 100,000 people (8.7% below U.S. average; #8 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 58.6 per 100,000 people (4.6% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 139 per 100,000 people (12.1% above U.S. average; #3 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 113.2 per 100,000 people (12.1% above U.S. average; #20 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport (Charity Navigator score: 96.45, Goal: Educate a woman... Educate a family)

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#13. Mississippi

- Cancer rate: 465.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.8% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 531.9 per 100,000 men; 418.3 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 188.4 per 100,000 people (20.8% above U.S. average; #2 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 75 per 100,000 people (33.9% above U.S. average; #4 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 121.7 per 100,000 people (1.9% below U.S. average; #16 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 123.6 per 100,000 people (22.4% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Mississippi Center for Justice (Charity Navigator score: 87.55, Goal: advancing racial and economic justice)

[Pictured: A teal ribbon to raise awareness for ovarian cancer is tied to a tree.]

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#12. Georgia

- Cancer rate: 468.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.5% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 538.5 per 100,000 men; 419.1 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 160.7 per 100,000 people (3.0% above U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 61.2 per 100,000 people (9.3% above U.S. average; #19 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 127.6 per 100,000 people (2.9% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 132.8 per 100,000 people (31.5% above U.S. average; #22 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Southern Center for Human Rights (Charity Navigator score: 99.34, Goal: Reimagining Equal Justice)

[Pictured: Participants gather at the Jet Drag and Relay for Life events in Atlanta, 2018.]

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#11. Arkansas

- Cancer rate: 469.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.7% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 526.5 per 100,000 men; 427.7 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 178.7 per 100,000 people (14.6% above U.S. average; #5 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 76.5 per 100,000 people (36.6% above U.S. average; #2 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 119.9 per 100,000 people (3.3% below U.S. average; #15 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 111.6 per 100,000 people (10.5% above U.S. average; #14 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

[Pictured: Staff Sgt. Amber Metts checks the pH level in a water sample for contaminants at Little Rock Air Force Base.]

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#10. West Virginia

- Cancer rate: 472 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.3% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 499.2 per 100,000 men; 455.6 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 182 per 100,000 people (16.7% above U.S. average; #3 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 75.4 per 100,000 people (34.6% above U.S. average; #3 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 117 per 100,000 people (5.6% below U.S. average; #9 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 94.4 per 100,000 people (6.5% below U.S. average; #4 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#9. Louisiana

- Cancer rate: 473.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.5% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 542.3 per 100,000 men; 422.6 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 171.7 per 100,000 people (10.1% above U.S. average; #10 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 63.8 per 100,000 people (13.9% above U.S. average; #14 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 123.9 per 100,000 people (0.1% below U.S. average; #21 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 132.2 per 100,000 people (30.9% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Miles Perret Cancer Services (Charity Navigator score: 77.53, Goal: Helping families fight, survive, and live with cancer)

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#8. Maine

- Cancer rate: 473.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.6% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 503 per 100,000 men; 453.8 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 169.4 per 100,000 people (8.6% above U.S. average; #12 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 73.5 per 100,000 people (31.3% above U.S. average; #5 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 125.8 per 100,000 people (1.5% above U.S. average; #23 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 81.7 per 100,000 people (19.1% below U.S. average; #17 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#7. Iowa

- Cancer rate: 473.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.6% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 508.9 per 100,000 men; 450.5 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 160.2 per 100,000 people (2.7% above U.S. average; #22 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 58.6 per 100,000 people (4.6% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 129.4 per 100,000 people (4.4% above U.S. average; #17 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 105.7 per 100,000 people (4.7% above U.S. average; #7 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#5. New York (tie)

- Cancer rate: 474.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.9% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 521.5 per 100,000 men; 445.3 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 145.3 per 100,000 people (6.9% below U.S. average; #10 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 56.9 per 100,000 people (1.6% above U.S. average; #25 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 129.1 per 100,000 people (4.1% above U.S. average; #18 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 123.2 per 100,000 people (22.0% above U.S. average; #26 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Port Chester Carver Center (Charity Navigator score: 94.88, Goal: Building Brighter Futures)

[Pictured: The American Cancer Society's annual 'Making Strides Against Breast Cancer' walk in New York City, 2018.]

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#5. New Jersey (tie)

- Cancer rate: 474.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.9% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 519.4 per 100,000 men; 447.3 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 148.5 per 100,000 people (4.8% below U.S. average; #13 lowest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 53.6 per 100,000 people (4.3% below U.S. average; #17 lowest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 133.3 per 100,000 people (7.5% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 135.8 per 100,000 people (34.5% above U.S. average; #21 highest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Adler Aphasia Center (Charity Navigator score: 93.33, Goal: Improving the quality of life for those with Aphasia)

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#4. New Hampshire

- Cancer rate: 480.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (10.3% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 505.6 per 100,000 men; 466.7 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 163.9 per 100,000 people (5.1% above U.S. average; #17 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 62.4 per 100,000 people (11.4% above U.S. average; #17 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 145.6 per 100,000 people (17.4% above U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 106.1 per 100,000 people (5.0% above U.S. average; #9 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: The Gibson Center for Senior Services (Charity Navigator score: 80.62, Goal: Providing services to seniors of Northern Carroll County NH)

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#3. Pennsylvania

- Cancer rate: 482.5 new incidents per 100,000 people (10.7% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 520.7 per 100,000 men; 459.3 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 164.3 per 100,000 people (5.3% above U.S. average; #16 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 62.9 per 100,000 people (12.3% above U.S. average; #16 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 132.8 per 100,000 people (7.1% above U.S. average; #11 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 106.6 per 100,000 people (5.5% above U.S. average; #10 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Living Beyond Breast Cancer (Charity Navigator score: 96.12, Goal: Connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.)

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#2. Delaware

- Cancer rate: 487.2 new incidents per 100,000 people (11.7% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 533.2 per 100,000 men; 454.9 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 170.9 per 100,000 people (9.6% above U.S. average; #11 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 67.1 per 100,000 people (19.8% above U.S. average; #10 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 133.3 per 100,000 people (7.5% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 120.8 per 100,000 people (19.6% above U.S. average; #23 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: Not applicable

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#1. Kentucky

- Cancer rate: 509.7 new incidents per 100,000 people (16.9% above U.S. average)
- Cancer rate by gender: 554.7 per 100,000 men; 481.1 per 100,000 women
- Deaths due to cancer: 194.2 per 100,000 people (24.5% above U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)
- Lung and broncus cancer rate: 86.8 per 100,000 people (55.0% above U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)
- Breast cancer rate: 126.1 per 100,000 people (1.7% above U.S. average; #25 lowest among all states)
- Prostate cancer rate: 101.4 per 100,000 people (0.4% above U.S. average; #2 lowest among all states)
- Notable local charity: The Center for Women and Families (Charity Navigator score: 87.74, Goal: Helping victims of intimate partner abuse and sexual violence since 1912)

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