Where in the United States are you most likely to get cancer? To answer this question, we used cancer statistics from the CDC to compile the data for every county in the country to find out which ones have the highest rates of cancer. This study covers both the counties with the highest rates of all types of cancer and those with the greatest incidence of specific types.
What state has the highest cancer rate? Although this information focuses on counties, it’s clear that Kentucky has the most counties with the worst cancer rates on the list, making up 26 of the 50 counties with the highest incidence of all types of cancer.
Keep reading to see why Union County, Florida, keeps finding itself in the top slot on lists of the highest rates of cancer.
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Where Are You Most Likely to Get Cancer?
The county in the United States where you are most likely to get cancer is Union County, Florida. The county’s high rate of 1,135 cancer cases per every 100,000 people is nearly double that of the second entry on the list, Logan County in Nebraska, which had an incidence of 677.2.
Union County, Florida, was recognized as the least healthy county in the United States in 2017, leading the country in deaths due to cancer as well as a variety of other health issues. The lack of funding for Union County’s department of health and the county’s poverty levels have been to blame for preventing citizens from receiving the health services they need.
The 10 Counties With the Highest Rates of All Types of Cancer
- Union County, FL: 1,135 per 100,000 people
- Logan County, NE: 677.2
- Powell County, KY: 646.2
- Taylor County, KY: 623.3
- Robertson County, KY: 611.6
- Nicholas County, KY: 603
- Blaine County, NE: 598
- Kingsbury County, SD: 597.8
- Estill County, KY: 597.4
- Carroll County, KY: 596.8
Where Are You Least Likely to Get Cancer?
The place in the U.S. where you are least likely to get cancer is Zieback County, South Dakota, with an incidence of 130.1 per 100,000 people, almost a third less than second place, Aleutians East Borough in Alaska, with an incidence of 194.7.
The 10 Counties With the Lowest Rates of All Types of Cancer
- Ziebach County, SD: 130.1 per 100,000 people
- Aleutians East Borough, AK: 194.7
- Presidio County, TX: 207.6
- Glasscock County, TX: 212.6
- Culberson County, TX: 218.1
- Eureka County, NV: 227.5
- Rich County, UT: 235.3
- Jeff Davis County, TX: 237.1
- Summit County, CO: 241
- Hayes County, NE: 241.4
Where Is Lung Cancer Most Common in the U.S.?
Lung cancer is most commonly found in Union County, Florida, with an incidence of 194.9 per 100,000 people, which has been attributed to the county having one of the highest smoking rates in the country. Without the proper health resources in place to teach citizens about the dangers of smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes, places like Union County will suffer.
Kentucky is another area of the country where lung cancer rates are high, with the state having eight out of the top 10 counties with the highest rates of lung cancer. Could Kentucky’s large amount of coal production be to blame?
Where Other Types of Cancers Are Most Commonly Found in the U.S.
Where are you most likely to be diagnosed with leukemia? This is another type of cancer that is most commonly found in Union County, Florida, with an incidence of 34.9 per 100,000 people.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is most prevalent in counties in Nebraska, with Logan County having the highest incidence in the country, 677.2 out of every 100,000 people, and Blaine County at number two with a rate of 598. Two others in Nebraska join them on the list of the top 10 counties with the highest rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma across the United States.
As for colon and rectum cancers, the Wade Hampton Census Area in Alaska holds the number one spot with an incidence of 117.3 per 100,000 people. Six counties in Alaska were found to be in the top 10 for the highest rates of colon and rectum cancers in the country.