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Geographic Variations

Geographic variations are presented for the four most common cancers.

Note: The rates mentioned are per 100,000 people in the United States. Incidence data for the West U.S. Census region are not available.

Female Breast Cancer

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 122.2.
    Incidence rates are highest in the Northeast U.S. Census region (129.6), followed by the Midwest (123.4) and South (118.3).
  • The death rate for the United States is 21.3.
    Death rates are highest in the South U.S. Census region (21.9), followed by the Midwest (21.7), Northeast (20.9), and West (20.1).

Prostate Cancer

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 105.3.
    Incidence rates are highest in the Northeast U.S. Census region (115.4), followed by the Midwest (105.3) and South (104.3).
  • The death rate for the United States is 19.6.
    Death rates are highest in the Midwest and South U.S. Census regions (19.8), followed by the West (19.5), and Northeast (18.8).

Lung Cancer

Men

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 71.6.
    Incidence rates are highest in the South U.S. Census region (79.6), followed by the Midwest (76.7) and Northeast (71.3).
  • The death rate for the United States is 56.2.
    Death rates are highest in the South U.S. Census region (63.5), followed by the Midwest (60.9), Northeast (53.5), and West (41.7).

Women

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 52.1.
    Incidence rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (55.8), followed by the Northeast (55.2) and South (53.6).
  • The death rate for the United States is 36.4.
    Death rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (40.5), followed by the South (37.8), Northeast (35.6), and West (30.7).

Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Men

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 44.8.
    Incidence rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (46.6), followed by the Northeast (45.9) and South (45.6).
  • The death rate for the United States is 17.6.
    Death rates are highest in the South U.S. Census region (18.4), followed by the Midwest (18.3), Northeast (17.1), and West (15.9).

Women

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 34.1.
    Incidence rates are highest in the Northeast and Midwest U.S. Census regions (35.4), followed by the South (34.0).
  • The death rate for the United States is 12.4.
    Death rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (12.8), followed by the Northeast (12.6), South (12.5), and West (11.5).

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2012 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2015.

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