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States with the highest cancer rates

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States with the highest cancer rates

According to the National Cancer Institute, just over 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. It’s a heartbreakingly familiar diagnosis, known for its insidious ubiquity — few degrees of separation typically exist between cancer patients. 2013-2015 data led the National Cancer Institute to estimate some 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lives. Those are neighbors, and family members.

Cancer’s sheer scope translates to one small ray of light: people are trying very, very hard to find a cure.

In 2017, the National Institutes of Health released figures showing U.S. government funding towards research of conditions, diseases, and areas. The top five funded areas included genetics, prevention, and neurosciences — general areas of research, in short. At #6, cancer was by far the most researched disease. Over $6 billion was spent by the government in 2017 alone; another $4.6 billion estimated to be spent in 2018. That doesn’t even take into account the millions and millions that goes into privately funded cancer research each year.

And it’s working, at least to some extent. Mortality rates have consistently decreased throughout the 21st century for many types of cancer. But still, as one of the leading causes of death worldwide, cancer is a long way from being eradicated.

But how do the numbers vary by region? Are individuals from certain states more or less cancer-prone than others?

To answer this question, Stacker used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify the U.S. states that had the highest incidence rates of cancer in 2014. An incidence rate is 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. States are ranked in increasing order of incidence rates, with the last state on the list being that which showed the most diagnoses of cancer in 2014 out of 100,000 people.

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#51. New Mexico

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 369.9
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 142.1 (#47 in the country)
State population: 2,090,708

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#50. Nevada

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 374.9
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 164.7 (#26 in the country)
State population: 3,056,824

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#49. Arizona

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 379.8
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 142.5 (#46 in the country)
State population: 7,123,898

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#48. Colorado

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 395.8
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 136.5 (#50 in the country)
State population: 5,684,203

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#47. Utah

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 396
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 127.8 (#51 in the country)
State population: 3,159,345

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#46. Wyoming

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 399.6
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 141.1 (#48 in the country)
State population: 573,720

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#45. California

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 399.6
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 144.4 (#45 in the country)
State population: 39,776,830

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#44. Texas

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 402.2
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 153.3 (#39 in the country)
State population: 28,704,330

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#43. Hawaii

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 406
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 139.4 (#49 in the country)
State population: 1,426,393

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#42. Alaska

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 406.6
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 165.7 (#25 in the country)
State population: 738,068

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#41. Oregon

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 409.6
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 160.5 (#31 in the country)
State population: 4,199,563

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#40. Florida

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 410
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 152.2 (#41 in the country)
State population: 21,312,211

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#39. Virginia

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 416.5
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 161.8 (#30 in the country)
State population: 8,525,660

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#38. Idaho

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 420.4
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 155.4 (#38 in the country)
State population: 1,753,860

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#37. Montana

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 431.2
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 156.2 (#34 in the country)
State population: 1,062,330

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#36. North Dakota

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 431.4
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 151.8 (#43 in the country)
State population: 755,238

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#35. South Carolina

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 433.3
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 171.7 (#14 in the country)
State population: 5,088,916

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#34. Indiana

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 435.8
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 180 (#7 in the country)
State population: 6,699,629

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#33. Michigan

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 437.3
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 173.8 (#13 in the country)
State population: 9,991,177

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#32. Alabama

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 437.9
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 177.7 (#11 in the country)
State population: 4,888,949

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#31. Maryland

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 439.5
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 162 (#28 in the country)
State population: 6,079,602

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#30. Oklahoma

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 442
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 179.7 (#8 in the country)
State population: 3,940,521

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#29. Washington

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 442.1
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 155.7 (#36 in the country)
State population: 7,530,552

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#28. Washington D.C.

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 442.4
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 179.4 (#9 in the country)
State population: 693,972

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#27. Nebraska

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 443.6
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 158.9 (#33 in the country)
State population: 1,932,549

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#26. Tennessee

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 445.7
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 184.3 (#5 in the country)
State population: 6,782,564

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#25. Missouri

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 447
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 177.3 (#12 in the country)
State population: 6,135,888

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#24. Vermont

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 447.2
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 167.8 (#19 in the country)
State population: 623,960

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#23. North Carolina

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 448.8
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 169.7 (#15 in the country)
State population: 10,390,149

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#22. Kansas

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 449.1
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 166.6 (#21 in the country)
State population: 2,918,515

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#21. South Dakota

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 450.1
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 163.3 (#27 in the country)
State population: 877,790

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#20. Ohio

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 452.1
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 177.8 (#10 in the country)
State population: 11,694,664

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#19. Georgia

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 453.4
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 166.2 (#23 in the country)
State population: 10,545,138

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#18. Massachusetts

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 453.8
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 155.6 (#37 in the country)
State population: 6,895,917

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#17. Arkansas

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 456.2
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 182.9 (#6 in the country)
State population: 3,020,327

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#16. Minnesota

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 457.7
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 152.5 (#40 in the country)
State population: 5,628,162

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#15. Wisconsin

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 459
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 161.8 (#29 in the country)
State population: 5,818,049

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#14. Illinois

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 460.4
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 169.2 (#18 in the country)
State population: 12,768,320

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#13. West Virginia

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 461
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 194.7 (#2 in the country)
State population: 1,803,077

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#12. Mississippi

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 462.1
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 193 (#3 in the country)
State population: 2,982,785

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#11. New Hampshire

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 464.2
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 159.8 (#32 in the country)
State population: 1,350,575

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#10. Connecticut

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 467
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 146.8 (#44 in the country)
State population: 3,588,683

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#9. Rhode Island

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 469.8
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 166.4 (#22 in the country)
State population: 1,061,712

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#8. Iowa

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 471.9
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 165.8 (#24 in the country)
State population: 3,160,553

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#7. New Jersey

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 472.8
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 156.1 (#35 in the country)
State population: 9,032,872

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#6. Maine

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 474.6
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 169.6 (#16 in the country)
State population: 1,341,582

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#5. New York

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 476.5
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 152.1 (#42 in the country)
State population: 19,862,512

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#4. Pennsylvania

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 477.3
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 169.2 (#17 in the country)
State population: 12,823,989

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#3. Louisiana

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 478.7
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 186.1 (#4 in the country)
State population: 4,682,509

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#2. Delaware

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 488.1
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 166.9 (#20 in the country)
State population: 971,180

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#1. Kentucky

Cancer incidents per 100,000 people: 513.7
Deaths due to cancer per 100,000 people: 199.1 (#1 in the country)
State population: 4,472,265

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