Cancer rates in the United States seem to be showing a troubling upward trend as of late. This trend has become so apparent that it has led to a renewed national conversation on the topic of cancer. As science works to better understand cancer, what causes it and how to treat it, people are left to ponder their own potential for acquiring this disease. Fortunately for the people in these five states, the potential for developing cancer is slim when compared to the rest of the country.
According to federal government researchers, Arkansas has the fifth lowest rate of cancer out of all states in the US. An average of 423 people out of every 100,000 people in the state develop cancer throughout their lives in Arkansas. Thanks to a lot of strong actions taken by the Arkansas Cancer Coalition and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Arkansas sees amazingly low cancer rates.
4. South Dakota
In South Dakota, an average of 408 people will get cancer out of every 100,000. While there are a lot of factors that contribute to this, one of the biggest ones is the push from South Dakota’s government to combat cancer through dedicated medical programs. Among these is the wildly successful program for Comprehensive Cancer Control.
3. New Mexico
New Mexico has some of the highest rates of drug addiction in the country, though some of the lowest rates of cancer. Out of every 100,000 New Mexicans, only 400 will develop cancer at some point in their lives. That is staggeringly low considering how high rates are in other parts of the country. However, it is barely fewer people than the number one state for cancer-free people in the US.
In Utah, only 386 people out of every 100,000 will develop cancer at some point in their lives. These impressive numbers are thanks to a number of initiatives in the state, including the Utah Cancer Control Program. These programs have pumped a lot of money into cancer prevention and cancer awareness throughout the state. The Utah Cancer Action Network provides an amazing range of resources for current and surviving cancer patients throughout the state. While the big push here is to enhance education about cancer itself, a large part of these programs are dedicated to teaching people about lifestyle choices that may lead to cancer development.
In Arizona, only 382 people out of every 100,000 will develop cancer at some point during their lives. While this number is only barely lower than that of Utah, it’s still very low when you compare it to the worst state in the country for cancer. Connecticut has a higher rate of cancer per 100,000 citizens than any other state, with 503 instances per 100,000 people. In Arizona, the Arizona Cancer Control Program is a bipartisan effort to increase cancer awareness and prevention throughout the state. This program has led to a higher level of awareness throughout the state on the causes and treatment options for cancer. The program also funds research conducted by research organizations within the state.
Putting it All Together
Cancer rates in the United States vary significantly from state to state. While there is no way to link any one act or series of acts to these lower cancer rates, it’s important to recognize that these states have active programs to help eliminate cancer. While they may never totally eliminate it, these programs can significantly increase public awareness and prevention.
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Fred Stanley works as a health inspector for businesses and has contributed to the Top Online Masters in Public Health Programs for others interested in the field of public health.