Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Ten States with the Highest Cancer Death Rates

More than 602,300 Americans died of cancer in 2020, making it the second leading cause of death in the United States, after only heart disease. An examination of 2020 state-level data from the National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following to be the:

Ten States with the Highest Cancer Death Rates

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
West Virginia 4,725 1,784,787 264.7
Maine 3,432 1,350,141 254.2
Kentucky 10,181 4,477,251 227.4
Vermont 1,400 623,347 224.6
Mississippi 6,582 2,966,786 221.9
Pennsylvania 27,955 12,783,254 218.7
Delaware 2,141 986,809 217.0
Arkansas 6,496 3,030,522 214.4
Ohio 24,863 11,693,217 212.6
Alabama 10,456 4,921,532 212.5
     Total 98,231 44,617,646 220.2
U.S. 602,350 329,484,123 182.8

(*) number of cancer deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on November 25,2022

related commentary: Regional Cancer Death Rates in the U.S.

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