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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 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 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, 2010†

Map of the United States showing melanoma of the skin incidence rates by state.
Color on Map Interval States
Light green 7.6 to 17.5 Alaska, Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia
Medium green 17.6 to 21.0 California, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
Medium blue 21.1 to 22.4 Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Tennessee
Dark blue 22.5 to 33.4 Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming
Light Gray Data not available‡ Arkansas and Minnesota

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: 1999–2010 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)

Deaths from Skin Cancer by State

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

Melanoma of the Skin
Death Rates* by State, 2010†

Map of the United States showing melanoma of the skin death rates by state.
Color on Map Interval States
Light green 1.8 to 2.5 Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and South Dakota
Medium green 2.6 to 2.8 Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Texas
Medium blue 2.9 to 3.1 Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
Dark blue 3.2 to 3.7 Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia
Light Gray Data not available‡ District of Columbia and North Dakota

*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.
‡Rates are suppressed if fewer than 16 deaths were reported by a state.
†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)

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