Breast Cancer Awareness: 15 States With the Highest Rates of Diagnoses in America

There are over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the country, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2017 alone, it’s estimated there will be over 250,000 new breast cancer diagnoses in women. And breast cancer does not discriminate. While a man’s risk for breast cancer is much lower — 1 in 1,000 — the American Cancer Society estimates over 2,400 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2017.

Doctors agree self-exams are one of the most proactive steps in identifying abnormalities. Still, breast cancer is the second most deadly cancer among women after lung cancer. And while a person may be predisposed to breast cancer through genetics, lifestyle and environment also play a role. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has crunched the numbers to find the states with the most breast cancer diagnoses. Is your home in one of them?

15. Minnesota

Minneapolis downtown skyline at sunset

Patients are less likely to die from breast cancer than in other states. | RudyBalasko/iStock/Getty Images Plus

  • Rate of diagnoses per 100,000 people: 130.9

As with many states in the country, the death rate associated with breast cancer in Minnesota has decreased. It’s believed this is due to more advanced treatments and early detection. Minnesota women are less likely to die from breast cancer than those in other states. About 17 out of 100,000 women will die from the disease, according to the CDC. Nationwide, the breast cancer death rate for women is 20.5 out of 100,000.

Next: This state is working to reduce cancer diagnoses and deaths.

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