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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 122.0 .
    Incidence rates are highest in the Northeast U.S. Census region (129.9), followed by the Midwest (124.5) and South (116.8).
  • The death rate for the United States is 21.5 .
    Death rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (22.2), followed by the South (21.8), Northeast (21.6), and West (20.3).

Prostate Cancer

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 128.3 .
    Incidence rates are highest in the Northeast U.S. Census region (144.3), followed by the Midwest (130.0) and South (124.7).
  • The death rate for the United States is 20.8 .
    Death rates are highest in the South U.S. Census region (21.0), followed by the Midwest (20.9), West (20.7), and Northeast (20.3).

Lung Cancer

Men

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 73.0 .
    Incidence rates are highest in the South U.S. Census region (80.4), followed by the Midwest (78.4) and Northeast (73.6).
  • The death rate for the United States is 57.9 .
    Death rates are highest in the South U.S. Census region (65.4), followed by the Midwest (62.6), Northeast (53.6), and West (44.2).

Women

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 52.0 .
    Incidence rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (56.3), followed by the Northeast (55.8) and South (52.7).
  • The death rate for the United States is 37.0 .
    Death rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (40.5), followed by the South (38.5), Northeast (36.9), and West (31.0).

Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Men

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 46.1 .
    Incidence rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (48.2), followed by the Northeast (47.1) and South (46.5).
  • The death rate for the United States is 18.1 .
    Death rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (19.1), followed by the South (18.7), Northeast (17.4), and West (16.5).

Women

  • The incidence rate for the United States is 34.9 .
    Incidence rates are highest in the Northeast U.S. Census region (36.6), followed by the Midwest (36.4) and South (34.4).
  • The death rate for the United States is 12.8 .
    Death rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (13.3), followed by the South (13.0), Northeast (12.6), and West (12.0).

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014.

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