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Cancer Deaths
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Cancer Deaths measures the three-year average, age-adjusted number of deaths attributed to cancer per 100,000 population. Ranks are based on the most recently available 3 years of data from the National Center for Health Statistics and CDC. The rates are age-adjusted using NCHS’s bridged-race estimates of the July 1 resident population from the 2008 county-level postcensal series. The following ICD-10 codes were used: C00-C97 (Malignant neoplasms), D00-D09 (In situ neoplasms), D37-D48 (Neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior).


Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and the cancer death measure is an indication of the toll it places on the population[1]. Cancer kills over half a million people a year and costs over $48 billion in direct medical costs[2]. Significant opportunities exist to reduce the risk of developing some cancers and to prevent others. The CDC estimates that one third of all cancer deaths are attributable to tobacco use and another third are attributable to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and obesity[3]. Other types of cancer such as colon and cervical may be preventable through vaccinations, screening or early detection. More information on the cancer burden in the U.S. is available at http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/AAG/dcpc.htm.

[1] Miniño AM, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD. Deaths: Final data for 2008. National vital statistics reports; vol 59 no 10. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 201

[2] Tangka, F K. "Cancer treatment cost in the United States." Cancer 116.14 (2010):3477.

[3] American Cancer Society. Cancer prevention & early detection facts & figures 2012. American Cancer Society. 2012.


USA Cancer Deaths (1990-2013) see more
  • Number of deaths due to all causes of cancer per 100,000 population.

The measures tracked by America's Health Rankings are those actions that can affect the future health of the population. For a state to improve the health of its population, efforts must focus on these measures, these determinants of health.


State Changes
Over Time
Rank Value Take Action
Alabama graph 44 211.7 View Actions
Alaska graph 24 192.0 View Actions
Arizona graph 4 166.7 View Actions
Arkansas graph 45 212.4 View Actions
California graph 6 173.3 View Actions
Colorado graph 3 163.9 View Actions
Connecticut graph 15 185.7 View Actions
Delaware graph 40 205.0 View Actions
Florida graph 11 182.3 View Actions
Georgia graph 20 190.5 View Actions
Hawaii graph 2 158.9 View Actions
Idaho graph 7 175.8 View Actions
Illinois graph 33 199.7 View Actions
Indiana graph 41 208.2 View Actions
Iowa graph 22 191.0 View Actions
Kansas graph 19 189.6 View Actions
Kentucky graph 50 225.1 View Actions
Louisiana graph 47 215.3 View Actions
Maine graph 38 204.2 View Actions
Maryland graph 32 196.4 View Actions
Massachusetts graph 29 192.9 View Actions
Michigan graph 33 199.7 View Actions
Minnesota graph 12 182.4 View Actions
Mississippi graph 48 218.3 View Actions
Missouri graph 38 204.2 View Actions
Montana graph 14 184.4 View Actions
Nebraska graph 18 187.2 View Actions
Nevada graph 27 192.7 View Actions
New Hampshire graph 23 191.9 View Actions
New Jersey graph 30 193.0 View Actions
New Mexico graph 5 170.0 View Actions
New York graph 8 177.6 View Actions
North Carolina graph 35 199.8 View Actions
North Dakota graph 16 186.6 View Actions
Ohio graph 43 208.7 View Actions
Oklahoma graph 42 208.5 View Actions
Oregon graph 28 192.8 View Actions
Pennsylvania graph 36 200.5 View Actions
Rhode Island graph 25 192.5 View Actions
South Carolina graph 37 201.4 View Actions
South Dakota graph 9 180.8 View Actions
Tennessee graph 46 212.5 View Actions
Texas graph 13 182.8 View Actions
Utah graph 1 137.4 View Actions
Vermont graph 21 190.6 View Actions
Virginia graph 31 195.5 View Actions
Washington graph 17 187.0 View Actions
West Virginia graph 49 220.0 View Actions
Wisconsin graph 25 192.5 View Actions
Wyoming graph 10 182.2 View Actions
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