Monday, December 13, 2021

Ten States with the Lowest Cancer Death Rates

The U.S. recorded over 599,600 cancer deaths in 2019.  At about 182.7 deaths per 100,000 population, in 2019 cancer was the second leading cause of death in the United States, trailing only heart disease. State-level data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC, revealed the following to be the ten states with the lowest cancer death rates in 2019:

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
AZ 12,503 7,278,717 171.8
WA 12,960 7,614,893 170.2
GA 17,756 10,617,423 167.2
ID 2,928 1,787,065 163.8
CA 59,512 39,512,223 150.6
DC 1,025 705,749 145.2
TX 41,489 28,995,881 143.1
AK 1,021 731,545 139.6
CO 7,986 5,758,736 138.7
UT 3,289 3,205,958 102.6
     Total 160,469 106,208,190 151.1
U.S. 599,601 328,239,523 182.7

(*) 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 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. 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 December 6, 2021

related commentary: U.S. Cancer Deaths by Region

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