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Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue. Cancer is caused by gene mutation, which occur after birth and can be the result of factors like smoking, radiation, viruses, obesity, and more. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Some of the most common in the U.S. include breast, skin, lung, and colon cancer. 

LiveStories includes the most recent BRFSS data from 2016, along with previous years. Our platform enables you to benchmark your state’s data to other states and easily spot trends in a huge variety of public health topics.


Key Statistics 

  • 2014 cancer death rate per 100,000: Kentucky had the highest with 198.9 while Utah had the lowest with 127.
  • 2016 rate of cancer diagnoses, other than skin cancer: Maine is highest with 8.63 and D.C. is the lowest with 4.21
  • 2014 lung cancer death rate: Kentucky has the highest percent at 66.9 and Colorado has the lowest at 29.
  • Timeframe: Annually with some indicators reported biannually.
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Explore example charts based on topics, and drill down to see data for specific populations.


Explore details on the public health of Americans from BRFSS.

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Drill down to data for specific populations of Americans.

Choose a sub-population to see how its smoking rate has changed, benchmarked across several states.

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Story Using BRFSS Data


Lake Cumberland District Health Department

This Kentucky-based health department uses BRFSS data for their community health assessment.

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