When most people think of what might give them cancer, they might think of things like diet, smoking, or genetics. But what if your home could raise your risk of cancer? What if, just by living in a certain region of the United States could give you cancer? A CDC map how outlined cancer rates in certain regions, and the results are surprising.
It may sound crazy, but data from the CDC has shown that where you live can play a far more substantial roe in your health and wellness than you might think.
Recently, the CDC mapped out cancer incidence and cancer death rates on a state-by-state level–and the results were shocking. As reported, “The data shows that Kentucky has the overall highest rate of cancer deaths (199.3 deaths per 100,000 people), while Utah has the lowest rate (127.9 deaths per 100,000 people).”
Over all, the northeastern portion of the US seems to have a higher rate of new cancer cases than other regions. Over the last ten years, the majority of western states have exhibited a decrease in many types of cancers. However, southeastern states like Louisiana, Tennessee, and Arkansas seem to have a higher number of cancer deaths per 100,000 people when compared to states like New York, Connecticut or Massachusetts.
Some of the most common types of cancer also seem to cause the most death. Prostate cancer for men and breast cancer for women, along with lung and bronchial cancers for both sexes, seem to be some of the most persistent and deadly cancers.