Good news for Floridians - New cancer rates are well below average in our state:
Bottom Line: Given the demographics of our state, along with the third largest population nationally, it's easy to think that we're always on the leading edge of any negative health malady but that's not at all the case with cancer according to the latest data from the CDC.
Nationally there are 439 new cases of cancer per year per 100,000 people. In Florida we have the 9th lowest rate at just 413 new cases per 100,000 people. In general there does appear to be a bit of a geographical bend to cancer rates generally.
Here are the states with the five lowest cancer rates:
- Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico
Meanwhile here are the five states with the highest cancer rates:
- Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Kentucky
So clearly there's a greater disposition in the north east and lower disposition in the western most mid-west states. It's unclear why our cancer rate is among the lowest but given that it probably defies stereo-types and is good news we'll take it.