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Volume 2: No. 3, July 2005

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Are Older Adults Up-to-Date With Cancer Screening and Vaccinations?

Men ≥65 Years

State % Up-to-Date
AK 25.8
MS 28.9
LA 31.0
MO 31.1
TX 31.9
NE 32.4
NV 32.9
GA 33.0
WY 33.1
IN 33.3
HI 33.8
VA 33.9
OH 34.1
ID 34.2
OR 34.5
DC 34.5
AL 34.7
SD 35.2
WV 35.7
MT 35.7
KY 36.3
WA 36.5
FL 36.6
TN 38.1
AR 38.2
OK 38.2
NM 38.6
DE 38.8
NH 39.8
NJ 39.9
PA 40.2
NC 40.4
UT 41.9
IA 42.0
SC 42.6
KS 43.2
NY 43.3
MI 43.4
MA 43.8
CT 44.3
WI 45.4
CA 45.7
MD 46.4
ND 46.5
CO 48.3
RI 48.4
AZ 48.8
VT 49.9
ME 50.1
MN 53.9

Women ≥65 years

State % Up-to-Date
LA 23.0
IN 23.2
WV 24.4
OK 25.7
SD 26.5
NE 26.7
NM 26.7
KY 26.8
TX 27.1
AR 27.2
MS 27.4
UT 27.8
NY 28.0
GA 28.1
KS 28.5
MO 29.4
ID 29.5
OH 29.5
AL 29.8
WY 30.0
TN 30.3
DC 31.0
FL 32.4
VA 32.5
PA 32.6
MI 33.2
NJ 33.3
MD 33.6
NC 34.0
CO 34.0
HI 34.1
NV 34.2
NH 34.2
IA 34.3
VT 35.0
SC 36.1
WA 36.4
AK 36.8
MA 37.4
DE 37.4
ND 37.7
ME 37.8
RI 37.9
AZ 38.0
CA 38.1
WI 38.7
CT 39.0
OR 39.1
MT 39.7
MN 46.3

Men 50-64 Years

State % Up-to-Date
LA 13.9
GA 15.5
FL 15.6
NV 16.9
UT 17.2
OH 17.8
CA 18.0
ND 18.7
MI 19.0
AR 19.3
WY 19.3
MS 19.7
ID 19.7
SC 19.9
NM 20.0
AL 20.1
OR 20.2
KS 20.6
TX 20.6
HI 20.7
MT 21.1
WV 21.7
KY 22.3
PA 22.6
AK 22.7
NC 22.9
OK 23.1
NY 23.2
MA 23.2
WA 23.5
SD 23.7
IN 23.7
WI 23.8
ME 23.9
IA 24.2
AZ 24.4
CT 24.7
NJ 24.8
RI 25.1
MO 25.3
NE 25.4
VT 25.6
VA 25.9
MD 26.1
NH 26.2
CO 26.7
DC 27.8
TN 28.7
DE 30.4
MN 31.4

Women 50-64 Years

State % Up-to-Date
NV 11.8
LA 14.7
NJ 15.2
MS 15.8
FL 15.9
WY 16.3
AR 16.4
NM 16.8
WV 17.1
IN 17.3
ID 17.6
GA 18.3
OK 18.6
TX 19.4
PA 19.5
KY 20.0
OH 20.2
CA 21.0
MT 21.1
HI 21.2
MO 21.3
OR 21.3
DC 21.4
VA 21.4
AL 22.0
AK 22.2
MI 22.4
SC 22.6
SD 22.7
UT 22.8
AZ 22.9
WI 23.1
NH 23.3
TN 23.3
KS 23.4
NY 23.6
NE 23.6
MD 23.7
WA 24.5
VT 24.6
IA 24.9
MA 24.9
NC 25.3
RI 25.7
ND 25.9
DE 27.7
CO 27.9
CT 28.6
ME 29.7
MN 31.5

Figure 1. Prevalence estimates of adults aged ≥50 years who were up-to-date for cancer screening and vaccinations by age group, sex, and state, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2002. Data from 49 states and the District of Columbia. Results were divided into quartiles, and the middle two quartiles were combined. Illinois data are not included because the state used a split sample for some preventive service questions.

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  Lowest Median Highest
Men 50–64 13.9% 22.8% 31.4%
Women 50–64 11.8% 22.1% 31.5%
Men ≥65 25.8% 38.2% 53.9%
Women ≥65 23.0% 32.9% 46.3%

Figure 2. Median and range of state-specific results for percentage of adults aged ≥50 years who were up-to-date for cancer screening and immunizations, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2002. Data from 49 states and the District of Columbia. Illinois data are not included because the state used a split sample for some preventive service questions.

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