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Cancer Rates by State

In the following maps, the U.S. states are divided into groups based on the rates at which people developed or died from cancer in 2010, which is the most recent year with numbers available. The rates are the numbers out of 100,000 people who developed or died from cancer each year.

Incidence Rates by State

The number of people who get cancer is called cancer incidence. In the United States, the rate of getting cancer varies from state to state.

All Cancers Combined
Incidence Rates* by State, 2010†

Map of the United States showing all cancers combined incidence rates by state.
Color on Map Interval States
Light green 380.4 to 428.7 Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming
Medium green 428.8 to 447.8 Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Wisconsin
Medium blue 447.9 to 467.7 Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia
Dark blue 467.8 to 510.7 Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington
Light Gray Data not available‡ Arkansas and Minnesota

*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.
‡Rates are not shown if the state did not meet USCS publication criteria or if the state did not submit data to CDC.
†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2010 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2013. Available at: www.cdc.gov/uscs. (full site)

Death Rates by State

Rates of dying from cancer also vary from state to state.

All Cancers Combined
Death Rates* by State, 2010†

Map of the United States showing all cancers combined death rates by state.
Color on Map Interval States
Light green 133.0 to 165.6 Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Texas, and Utah
Medium green 165.7 to 172.7 Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming
Medium blue 172.8 to 183.5 Alaska, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin
Dark blue 183.6 to 207.4 Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia

*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.
†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2010 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2013. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs. (full site)

 
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