Cancer is a type of disease involving abnormal cell growth or gene mutation. Cancer is caused by accelerated cell division rates, which inhibit normal functions in the body. People are not typically born with cancer; the disease usually develops over a person’s lifetime.

Some of the most common known causes of cancer include smoking and exposure to radiation, including ultraviolet light from the sun. Obesity and poor diet also may contribute to cancer prevalence. In addition, certain viruses, including HPV (human papilloma virus), are known to cause cancer or increase cancer risk.

There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Some of the most common in the United States include breast, skin, lung, and colon cancer. There is a wide variance in survival rate among different types of cancer.

Key Cancer Statistics:

  • For people diagnosed with cancer, other than skin, Maine is the highest at 8.63 percent while Kentucky is lowest at 5.57 percent.
  • For the cancer mortality, Kentucky has the highest rate at 198.9 deaths per 100,000. Utah had the lowest rate, at 127.4 deaths per 100,000.
  • For the lung cancer mortality, Kentucky has the highest rate at 66.9 deaths per 100,000. Colorado had the lowest rate, at 29 deaths per 100,000.

State-level cancer statistics: the rate of cancer deaths is falling across all states.

LiveStories allows you to analyze cancer statistics on both prevalence and mortality.  

LiveStories includes dozens of indicators on both cancer prevalence (how many people have it) and mortality (how many die from it) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). State-level prevalence statistics are available from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). County-level statistics on both prevalence and mortality are from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.  

Source for state cancer statistics:

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