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Southern States Have Most Cancer Deaths

By    |   Friday, 05 June 2015 01:25 PM


If you live in the South, your risk of dying from cancer is greater than people who live in other areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of the 10 states with the highest death rates from cancer, seven are in the South.

Kentucky holds the dubious honor as the state with the highest mortality rates with 211.7 deaths from cancer per 100,000 people. Louisiana and Mississippi tied for second with 205.5 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by West Virginia (203.6) and Tennessee (201.9).
Arkansas captured the sixth spot on the list (200.7) followed by Alabama (198.7), Indiana (194.5), Ohio (194.5), and Oklahoma (194.3).

The leading cause of cancer deaths was the same in 45 states — lung cancer — with the highest rate again found in Kentucky (76.1 per 100,000), the state most associated with the tobacco industry. It's three times higher than Utah's death rate from lung cancer, which was only 23.2 per 100,000 people.

Cancers of the digestive system, which include colon, pancreatic, and stomach, were the leading causes of cancer deaths in the other five states.

Experts believe that the high cancer rates in the South are due to a combination of factors, including poor lifestyle choices. Obesity rates are highest in the South — Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the country — and more people in the South report using tobacco. Poverty rates are higher than in other areas, which make it less likely people will visit their doctor regularly.

According to the CDC's most recent figures, even though heart disease remains the leading cause of death with 599,711 total for the year, cancer is close behind at 582,623.

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If you live in the South, your risk of dying from cancer is greater than people who live in other areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of the 10 states with the highest death rates from cancer, seven are in the South. Kentucky holds the dubious honoras the...
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