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Skin 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 melanoma of the skin in 2011, which is the most recent year with numbers available. The rates are the numbers out of 100,000 people who developed or died from melanoma of the skin each year.

Note: Melanoma is much more common among non-Hispanic whites than people of other races and ethnicities. More than 9 out of 10 cases of melanoma are diagnosed in non-Hispanic whites. Differences in state populations are responsible for much of the variation in melanoma rates between states. To see melanoma tables and maps of rates by state, separated by racial and ethnic groups, see CDC WONDER.

Rates of Getting Skin Cancer by State

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

Melanoma of the Skin
Incidence Rates* by State, 2011†

Map of the United States showing melanoma of the skin incidence rates by state.
Color on MapIntervalStates
Light green9.0 to 18.4Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia
Medium green18.5 to 20.4Alabama, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin
Medium blue20.5 to 22.8Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wyoming
Dark blue22.9 to 34.1Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington
Light GrayData not available‡Nevada

Please note that delays in reporting melanoma cases to cancer registries are more common since they are usually diagnosed and treated in non-hospital settings such as physician offices.

*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: 1999–2011 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. Available at: www.cdc.gov/uscs.

Deaths from Melanoma of the Skin by State

Rates of dying from melanoma of the skin also vary from state to state.

Melanoma of the Skin
Death Rates* by State, 2011†

Map of the United States showing melanoma of the skin death rates by state.
Color on MapIntervalStates
Light green1.1 to 2.5California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Texas
Medium green2.6 to 2.9Alabama, Arizona, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wisconsin
Medium blue3.0 to 3.1Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia
Dark blue3.2 to 4.0Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming
Light GrayData not available‡Alaska, District of Columbia, and Vermont

*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: 1999–2011 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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