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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 over the course of their lives, according to the National Cancer Institute, making cancer a top medical priority: National Center for Health Statistics reports the disease 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 2015. 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.

    Read on to find out how your state fares.

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  • #51. Nevada
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    #51. Nevada

    - Cancer rate: 348.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (20.4% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 353.3 per 100,000 men; 348.9 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 157.8 per 100,000 people (0.8% below U.S. average; #31 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 46.6 per 100,000 people (19.7% below U.S. average; #43 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 69.5 per 100,000 men (29.8% below U.S. average; #50 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 104.7 per 100,000 women (16.2% below U.S. average; #50 highest among all states)

  • #50. New Mexico
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    #50. New Mexico

    - Cancer rate: 366.2 new incidents per 100,000 people (16.4% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 374.3 per 100,000 men; 363.7 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 143.5 per 100,000 people (9.7% below U.S. average; #46 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 38.2 per 100,000 people (34.1% below U.S. average; #50 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 72.6 per 100,000 men (26.7% below U.S. average; #49 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 107.8 per 100,000 women (13.8% below U.S. average; #49 highest among all states)

  • #49. Arizona
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    #49. Arizona

    - Cancer rate: 377.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (13.9% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 399.1 per 100,000 men; 362.5 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 141.1 per 100,000 people (11.3% below U.S. average; #47 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 46.5 per 100,000 people (19.8% below U.S. average; #44 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 78 per 100,000 men (21.2% below U.S. average; #48 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 110.9 per 100,000 women (11.3% below U.S. average; #48 highest among all states)

  • #48. District of Columbia
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    #48. District of Columbia

    - Cancer rate: 380 new incidents per 100,000 people (13.2% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 393.3 per 100,000 men; 377.3 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 167.7 per 100,000 people (5.5% above U.S. average; #15 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 42.5 per 100,000 people (26.7% below U.S. average; #47 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 103.2 per 100,000 men (4.2% above U.S. average; #24 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 121.1 per 100,000 women (3.1% below U.S. average; #39 highest among all states)

  • #47. Colorado
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    #47. Colorado

    - Cancer rate: 384.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (12.3% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 405.5 per 100,000 men; 373.1 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 134.9 per 100,000 people (15.2% below U.S. average; #49 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 40.5 per 100,000 people (30.2% below U.S. average; #49 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 81.6 per 100,000 men (17.6% below U.S. average; #46 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 123.4 per 100,000 women (1.3% below U.S. average; #32 highest among all states)

  • #46. Wyoming
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    #46. Wyoming

    - Cancer rate: 391.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (10.5% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 410 per 100,000 men; 380.8 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 139.7 per 100,000 people (12.1% below U.S. average; #48 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 42.6 per 100,000 people (26.6% below U.S. average; #46 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 96.7 per 100,000 men (2.3% below U.S. average; #32 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 104 per 100,000 women (16.8% below U.S. average; #51 highest among all states)

  • #45. Texas
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    #45. Texas

    - Cancer rate: 396 new incidents per 100,000 people (9.6% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 433.7 per 100,000 men; 371 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 149.6 per 100,000 people (5.9% below U.S. average; #42 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 49.3 per 100,000 people (15.0% below U.S. average; #41 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 86.5 per 100,000 men (12.6% below U.S. average; #42 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 112.2 per 100,000 women (10.2% below U.S. average; #47 highest among all states)

  • #44. Alaska
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    #44. Alaska

    - Cancer rate: 397.3 new incidents per 100,000 people (9.3% below U.S. average
    - Cancer rate by gender: 396.1 per 100,000 men; 403.3 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 161.1 per 100,000 people (1.3% above U.S. average; #26 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 53.5 per 100,000 people (7.8% below U.S. average; #37 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 61 per 100,000 men (38.4% below U.S. average; #51 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 122 per 100,000 women (2.4% below U.S. average; #35 highest among all states)

  • #43. California
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    #43. California

    - Cancer rate: 398 new incidents per 100,000 people (9.1% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 422 per 100,000 men; 384.8 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 143.5 per 100,000 people (9.7% below U.S. average; #45 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 41 per 100,000 people (29.3% below U.S. average; #48 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 87.2 per 100,000 men (11.9% below U.S. average; #41 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 121.4 per 100,000 women (2.9% below U.S. average; #37 highest among all states)

  • #42. Oregon
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    #42. Oregon

    - Cancer rate: 399.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.8% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 420.8 per 100,000 men; 386.3 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 160.4 per 100,000 people (0.9% above U.S. average; #27 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 48.9 per 100,000 people (15.7% below U.S. average; #42 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 86.2 per 100,000 men (12.9% below U.S. average; #43 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 115.6 per 100,000 women (7.5% below U.S. average; #44 highest among all states)

  • #41. Utah
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    #41. Utah

    - Cancer rate: 400.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.5% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 430.8 per 100,000 men; 379.9 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 126 per 100,000 people (20.8% below U.S. average; #51 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 25.5 per 100,000 people (56.0% below U.S. average; #51 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 113.7 per 100,000 men (14.8% above U.S. average; #12 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 113.4 per 100,000 women (9.3% below U.S. average; #46 highest among all states)

  • #40. Virginia
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    #40. Virginia

    - Cancer rate: 401.7 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.3% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 421.1 per 100,000 men; 389.8 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 159.6 per 100,000 people (0.4% above U.S. average; #28 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 55 per 100,000 people (5.2% below U.S. average; #34 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 94.8 per 100,000 men (4.2% below U.S. average; #33 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 124.5 per 100,000 women (0.4% below U.S. average; #30 highest among all states)

  • #39. Florida
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    #39. Florida

    - Cancer rate: 405.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.5% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 433.8 per 100,000 men; 384.9 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 150.1 per 100,000 people (5.6% below U.S. average; #41 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 54.9 per 100,000 people (5.3% below U.S. average; #35 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 78.2 per 100,000 men (21.0% below U.S. average; #47 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 113.8 per 100,000 women (9.0% below U.S. average; #45 highest among all states)

  • #38. Hawaii
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    #38. Hawaii

    - Cancer rate: 408.5 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.7% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 432.1 per 100,000 men; 395.7 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 134.4 per 100,000 people (15.5% below U.S. average; #50 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 43.8 per 100,000 people (24.5% below U.S. average; #45 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 87.4 per 100,000 men (11.7% below U.S. average; #40 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 134.8 per 100,000 women (7.8% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)

  • #37. Washington
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    #37. Washington

    - Cancer rate: 431.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (1.4% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 456.5 per 100,000 men; 417.9 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 156.7 per 100,000 people (1.4% below U.S. average; #33 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 52.8 per 100,000 people (9.0% below U.S. average; #38 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 91.7 per 100,000 men (7.4% below U.S. average; #36 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 132 per 100,000 women (5.6% above U.S. average; #13 highest among all states)

  • #36. South Dakota
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    #36. South Dakota

    - Cancer rate: 433.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (1.1% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 465.8 per 100,000 men; 410.7 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 153.9 per 100,000 people (3.2% below U.S. average; #35 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 56 per 100,000 people (3.4% below U.S. average; #31 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 113.4 per 100,000 men (14.5% above U.S. average; #13 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 127.4 per 100,000 women (1.9% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)

  • #35. Vermont
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    #35. Vermont

    - Cancer rate: 435.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (0.5% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 437.8 per 100,000 men; 440 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 165.4 per 100,000 people (4.0% above U.S. average; #19 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 60.4 per 100,000 people (4.1% above U.S. average; #24 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 82.5 per 100,000 men (16.7% below U.S. average; #45 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 130.5 per 100,000 women (4.4% above U.S. average; #16 highest among all states)

  • #34. Michigan
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    #34. Michigan

    - Cancer rate: 435.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (0.5% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 472.5 per 100,000 men; 411.2 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 168 per 100,000 people (5.7% above U.S. average; #13 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 62.4 per 100,000 people (7.6% above U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 102.8 per 100,000 men (3.8% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 119 per 100,000 women (4.8% below U.S. average; #41 highest among all states)

  • #33. Idaho
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    #33. Idaho

    - Cancer rate: 437.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (0.0% below U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 463 per 100,000 men; 421.1 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 153.8 per 100,000 people (3.3% below U.S. average; #36 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 49.7 per 100,000 people (14.3% below U.S. average; #40 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 98.7 per 100,000 men (0.3% below U.S. average; #30 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 124.7 per 100,000 women (0.2% below U.S. average; #29 highest among all states)

  • #32. Oklahoma
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    #32. Oklahoma

    - Cancer rate: 442.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (0.9% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 482.7 per 100,000 men; 414.7 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 184.2 per 100,000 people (15.8% above U.S. average; #5 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 66.9 per 100,000 people (15.3% above U.S. average; #13 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 93.4 per 100,000 men (5.7% below U.S. average; #35 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 121.5 per 100,000 women (2.8% below U.S. average; #36 highest among all states)

  • #31. Montana
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    #31. Montana

    - Cancer rate: 443.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (1.3% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 475.8 per 100,000 men; 419.5 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 157.7 per 100,000 people (0.8% below U.S. average; #32 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 52.1 per 100,000 people (10.2% below U.S. average; #39 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 107.8 per 100,000 men (8.9% above U.S. average; #19 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 130.1 per 100,000 women (4.1% above U.S. average; #17 highest among all states)

  • #30. North Dakota
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    #30. North Dakota

    - Cancer rate: 445.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (1.8% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 481.7 per 100,000 men; 420.3 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 152.3 per 100,000 people (4.2% below U.S. average; #39 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 54.4 per 100,000 people (6.2% below U.S. average; #36 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 125 per 100,000 men (26.3% above U.S. average; #4 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 133.1 per 100,000 women (6.5% above U.S. average; #11 highest among all states)

  • #29. Indiana
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    #29. Indiana

    - Cancer rate: 447.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.1% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 483.2 per 100,000 men; 425.9 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 176.4 per 100,000 people (10.9% above U.S. average; #9 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 72.3 per 100,000 people (24.7% above U.S. average; #6 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 83.3 per 100,000 men (15.9% below U.S. average; #44 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 121.3 per 100,000 women (3.0% below U.S. average; #38 highest among all states)

  • #28. Maryland
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    #28. Maryland

    - Cancer rate: 448.7 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.4% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 487.1 per 100,000 men; 424.3 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 155.3 per 100,000 people (2.3% below U.S. average; #34 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 55.5 per 100,000 people (4.3% below U.S. average; #32 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 118.3 per 100,000 men (19.5% above U.S. average; #8 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 131.4 per 100,000 women (5.1% above U.S. average; #14 highest among all states)

  • #27. Alabama
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    #27. Alabama

    - Cancer rate: 449.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.5% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 512.7 per 100,000 men; 403.8 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 175.4 per 100,000 people (10.3% above U.S. average; #10 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 63.6 per 100,000 people (9.7% above U.S. average; #17 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 118.7 per 100,000 men (19.9% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 123.3 per 100,000 women (1.4% below U.S. average; #33 highest among all states)

  • #26. Missouri
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    #26. Missouri

    - Cancer rate: 449.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (2.6% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 481.4 per 100,000 men; 428.9 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 173.1 per 100,000 people (8.9% above U.S. average; #12 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 71 per 100,000 people (22.4% above U.S. average; #8 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 90.6 per 100,000 men (8.5% below U.S. average; #37 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 129.9 per 100,000 women (3.9% above U.S. average; #19 highest among all states)

  • #25. South Carolina
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    #25. South Carolina

    - Cancer rate: 452.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (3.4% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 512.6 per 100,000 men; 409.5 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 166.8 per 100,000 people (4.9% above U.S. average; #17 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 64.5 per 100,000 people (11.2% above U.S. average; #15 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 116.3 per 100,000 men (17.5% above U.S. average; #9 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 129.9 per 100,000 women (3.9% above U.S. average; #18 highest among all states)

  • #24. Massachusetts
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    #24. Massachusetts

    - Cancer rate: 452.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (3.4% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 471 per 100,000 men; 446.3 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 153.2 per 100,000 people (3.6% below U.S. average; #37 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 61.8 per 100,000 people (6.6% above U.S. average; #22 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 98.5 per 100,000 men (0.5% below U.S. average; #31 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 137.7 per 100,000 women (10.2% above U.S. average; #3 highest among all states)

  • #23. Kansas
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    #23. Kansas

    - Cancer rate: 452.9 new incidents per 100,000 people (3.4% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 479.5 per 100,000 men; 437.8 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 164.4 per 100,000 people (3.4% above U.S. average; #22 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 58.8 per 100,000 people (1.4% above U.S. average; #26 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 101.8 per 100,000 men (2.8% above U.S. average; #26 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 129.7 per 100,000 women (3.8% above U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)

  • #22. Nebraska
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    #22. Nebraska

    - Cancer rate: 456.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.1% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 483.2 per 100,000 men; 441.8 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 158 per 100,000 people (0.6% below U.S. average; #30 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 57.1 per 100,000 people (1.6% below U.S. average; #29 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 109.3 per 100,000 men (10.4% above U.S. average; #16 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 127.7 per 100,000 women (2.2% above U.S. average; #24 highest among all states)

  • #21. Wisconsin
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    #21. Wisconsin

    - Cancer rate: 456.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.2% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 494.2 per 100,000 men; 431.5 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 159.5 per 100,000 people (0.3% above U.S. average; #29 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 57.4 per 100,000 people (1.0% below U.S. average; #27 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 107.1 per 100,000 men (8.2% above U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 129 per 100,000 women (3.2% above U.S. average; #21 highest among all states)

  • #20. Mississippi
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    #20. Mississippi

    - Cancer rate: 456.7 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.3% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 531.8 per 100,000 men; 401 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 188.3 per 100,000 people (18.4% above U.S. average; #3 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 72.3 per 100,000 people (24.7% above U.S. average; #5 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 126.7 per 100,000 men (28.0% above U.S. average; #2 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 117.3 per 100,000 women (6.2% below U.S. average; #42 highest among all states)

  • #19. Rhode Island
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    #19. Rhode Island

    - Cancer rate: 458 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.6% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 479.3 per 100,000 men; 450.9 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 163.2 per 100,000 people (2.6% above U.S. average; #24 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 69.2 per 100,000 people (19.3% above U.S. average; #10 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 94.3 per 100,000 men (4.7% below U.S. average; #34 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 136.6 per 100,000 women (9.3% above U.S. average; #4 highest among all states)

  • #18. Georgia
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    #18. Georgia

    - Cancer rate: 458.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (4.7% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 512.6 per 100,000 men; 422.8 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 163.8 per 100,000 people (3.0% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 60.5 per 100,000 people (4.3% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 115.2 per 100,000 men (16.4% above U.S. average; #10 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 126.4 per 100,000 women (1.1% above U.S. average; #28 highest among all states)

  • #17. Tennessee
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    #17. Tennessee

    - Cancer rate: 459.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (5.0% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 513.7 per 100,000 men; 422.6 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 180.8 per 100,000 people (13.7% above U.S. average; #6 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 76.6 per 100,000 people (32.1% above U.S. average; #4 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 107.9 per 100,000 men (9.0% above U.S. average; #18 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 122.2 per 100,000 women (2.2% below U.S. average; #34 highest among all states)

  • #16. North Carolina
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    #16. North Carolina

    - Cancer rate: 460.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (5.2% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 508.4 per 100,000 men; 428.4 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 164.8 per 100,000 people (3.6% above U.S. average; #20 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 67.2 per 100,000 people (15.9% above U.S. average; #12 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 111.6 per 100,000 men (12.7% above U.S. average; #14 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 132.6 per 100,000 women (6.1% above U.S. average; #12 highest among all states)

  • #15. Ohio
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    #15. Ohio

    - Cancer rate: 460.8 new incidents per 100,000 people (5.2% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 491.8 per 100,000 men; 443.2 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 175.1 per 100,000 people (10.1% above U.S. average; #11 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 67.2 per 100,000 people (15.9% above U.S. average; #11 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 99.2 per 100,000 men (0.2% above U.S. average; #28 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 127.9 per 100,000 women (2.3% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)

  • #14. New Hampshire
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    #14. New Hampshire

    - Cancer rate: 466.4 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.5% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 484.4 per 100,000 men; 458.4 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 162.1 per 100,000 people (1.9% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 62.1 per 100,000 people (7.1% above U.S. average; #21 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 98.7 per 100,000 men (0.3% below U.S. average; #29 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 145.9 per 100,000 women (16.7% above U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)

  • #13. West Virginia
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    #13. West Virginia

    - Cancer rate: 467.7 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.8% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 494.4 per 100,000 men; 451.7 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 189.7 per 100,000 people (19.3% above U.S. average; #2 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 77.4 per 100,000 people (33.4% above U.S. average; #2 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 88.1 per 100,000 men (11.0% below U.S. average; #39 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 119.6 per 100,000 women (4.3% below U.S. average; #40 highest among all states)

  • #12. Maine
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    #12. Maine

    - Cancer rate: 468 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.8% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 493.1 per 100,000 men; 455.3 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 177.5 per 100,000 people (11.6% above U.S. average; #8 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 69.7 per 100,000 people (20.2% above U.S. average; #9 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 88.3 per 100,000 men (10.8% below U.S. average; #38 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 124.5 per 100,000 women (0.4% below U.S. average; #31 highest among all states)

  • #11. Illinois
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    #11. Illinois

    - Cancer rate: 468 new incidents per 100,000 people (6.8% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 506.5 per 100,000 men; 444.5 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 167.9 per 100,000 people (5.6% above U.S. average; #14 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 64 per 100,000 people (10.3% above U.S. average; #16 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 106.8 per 100,000 men (7.9% above U.S. average; #21 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 134.5 per 100,000 women (7.6% above U.S. average; #9 highest among all states)

  • #10. Connecticut
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    #10. Connecticut

    - Cancer rate: 468.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.0% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 504.6 per 100,000 men; 446.5 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 146.2 per 100,000 people (8.1% below U.S. average; #44 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 57.2 per 100,000 people (1.4% below U.S. average; #28 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 108.8 per 100,000 men (9.9% above U.S. average; #17 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 143.9 per 100,000 women (15.1% above U.S. average; #2 highest among all states)

  • #9. Arkansas
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    #9. Arkansas

    - Cancer rate: 470.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.3% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 534.9 per 100,000 men; 421.8 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 185.5 per 100,000 people (16.7% above U.S. average; #4 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 77.3 per 100,000 people (33.3% above U.S. average; #3 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 115 per 100,000 men (16.2% above U.S. average; #11 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 117.1 per 100,000 women (6.3% below U.S. average; #43 highest among all states)

  • #8. Iowa
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    #8. Iowa

    - Cancer rate: 470.2 new incidents per 100,000 people (7.4% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 512 per 100,000 men; 443.1 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 164.4 per 100,000 people (3.4% above U.S. average; #21 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 62.7 per 100,000 people (8.1% above U.S. average; #19 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 103.4 per 100,000 men (4.4% above U.S. average; #23 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 129 per 100,000 women (3.2% above U.S. average; #22 highest among all states)

  • #7. Minnesota
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    #7. Minnesota

    - Cancer rate: 475 new incidents per 100,000 people (8.4% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 510.8 per 100,000 men; 452.4 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 153.2 per 100,000 people (3.6% below U.S. average; #38 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 57.1 per 100,000 people (1.6% below U.S. average; #30 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 111.1 per 100,000 men (12.2% above U.S. average; #15 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 134.5 per 100,000 women (7.6% above U.S. average; #8 highest among all states)

  • #6. Louisiana
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    #6. Louisiana

    - Cancer rate: 477.5 new incidents per 100,000 people (9.0% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 548.4 per 100,000 men; 425.4 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 180.3 per 100,000 people (13.4% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 65 per 100,000 people (12.1% above U.S. average; #14 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 125.7 per 100,000 men (27.0% above U.S. average; #3 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 126.7 per 100,000 women (1.4% above U.S. average; #27 highest among all states)

  • #5. New Jersey
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    #5. New Jersey

    - Cancer rate: 479.5 new incidents per 100,000 people (9.5% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 522.5 per 100,000 men; 453.3 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 150.8 per 100,000 people (5.2% below U.S. average; #40 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 55.2 per 100,000 people (4.8% below U.S. average; #33 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 127.4 per 100,000 men (28.7% above U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 134.9 per 100,000 women (7.9% above U.S. average; #6 highest among all states)

  • #4. New York
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    #4. New York

    - Cancer rate: 482 new incidents per 100,000 people (10.0% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 524.7 per 100,000 men; 455.9 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 148.4 per 100,000 people (6.7% below U.S. average; #43 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 59.2 per 100,000 people (2.1% above U.S. average; #25 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 121.9 per 100,000 men (23.1% above U.S. average; #6 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 134 per 100,000 women (7.2% above U.S. average; #10 highest among all states)

  • #3. Pennsylvania
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    #3. Pennsylvania

    - Cancer rate: 483.1 new incidents per 100,000 people (10.3% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 522.1 per 100,000 men; 459.5 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 167 per 100,000 people (5.0% above U.S. average; #16 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 63.2 per 100,000 people (9.0% above U.S. average; #18 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 104.5 per 100,000 men (5.6% above U.S. average; #22 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 131.3 per 100,000 women (5.0% above U.S. average; #15 highest among all states)

  • #2. Delaware
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    #2. Delaware

    - Cancer rate: 490.6 new incidents per 100,000 people (12.0% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 541 per 100,000 men; 455.5 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 166.1 per 100,000 people (4.5% above U.S. average; #18 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 71.8 per 100,000 people (23.8% above U.S. average; #7 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 124.5 per 100,000 men (25.8% above U.S. average; #5 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 136.2 per 100,000 women (9.0% above U.S. average; #5 highest among all states)

  • #1. Kentucky
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    #1. Kentucky

    - Cancer rate: 512 new incidents per 100,000 people (16.9% above U.S. average)
    - Cancer rate by gender: 558.4 per 100,000 men; 483.1 per 100,000 women
    - Deaths due to cancer: 196.2 per 100,000 people (23.4% above U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)
    - Lung and bronchus cancer rate: 89.6 per 100,000 people (54.5% above U.S. average; #1 highest among all states)
    - Prostate cancer rate: 99.2 per 100,000 men (0.2% above U.S. average; #27 highest among all states)
    - Breast cancer rate: 126.8 per 100,000 women (1.4% above U.S. average; #26 highest among all states)

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