Which States Have the Highest Rates of the World’s Most Common Cancers? [Infographic]


The most common type of cancer in the United States is breast cancer, with more than 255,000 new cases expected in 2017, according to a report by the American Cancer Society. This is followed by lung cancer, with 222,500 new cases expected in 2017; and then prostate cancer, which is expected to see more than 161,000 new cases.

While invasive breast cancer incidence rates were stable in white women from 2004 to 2013 – the most recently available data – they increased by 0.5 percent per year in African-American women, a disparity researchers continue to work toward solving. However, the overall female breast cancer death rate declined by 38 percent from 1989 to 2014, thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment. Learn more about breast cancer risk factors and signs and symptoms, and read what minority women need to know about breast cancer.

Lung cancer incidence has been declining since the mid-1980s in men and since the mid-2000s in women, but it remains the leading cause of cancer death in both sexes. Learn more about risk factors and signs and symptoms.

Researchers are still trying to understand why prostate cancer incidence is 74 percent higher in African-American men than in white men. Overall, rates of the disease have declined in recent years, largely due to recommendations against routine PSA screening, which often results in unnecessary diagnosis and treatment, according to the American Cancer Society. Learn more about risk factors and signs and symptoms, and read about what African-American men need to know about prostate cancer.

View the infographic below to see which states have the highest incidence of these cancers.

US States Cancer Rates Infographic

Other commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S. include bladder, colon and rectal, endometrial, kidney, liver, pancreatic, and thyroid cancer, as well as leukemia, melanoma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This data excludes non-melanoma cancers.

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