15 States With the Highest Rates of Prostate Cancer

You know how prevalent cancer is becoming — but do you know your risk for prostate cancer? The American Cancer Society reminds us one out of every nine men in the U.S. will be diagnosed in their lifetime, and in 2018, over 164,000 new cases are expected. Skin cancer aside, more American men will deal with prostate cancer than any other type.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you’re way more likely to develop prostate cancer in some states than ever. Using the most recent data from 2015, here’s a rundown of which states have seen the most new cases.

15. Minnesota

Minneapolis downtown skyline at sunset

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Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 111.1 

This midwestern state may not have the highest rates on the list, but according to CDC data, there were more new cases of prostate cancer in Minnesota than any other cancer in 2015. And when it came to cancer deaths that year, prostate cancer rates were second only to deaths from lung and bronchus cancer. For every 100,000 men, 20.2 died, which is no small number. And there were a total of 3,602 cases reported.

Next: You may be surprised this East Coast state’s numbers are so high. 

14. North Carolina

"Welcome to North Carolina" sign

“Welcome to North Carolina” sign | fotoguy22/iStock/Getty Images

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 111.6

This state had just slightly higher rates of new cases in 2015 as compared to Minnesota. North Carolina’s rate was 111.6 new cases per every 100,000 men. The second most common cancer in this state for new cases that year was lung and bronchus with a rate of 81.1, so you can see how big of a threat prostate cancer has become to men’s health here. Additionally, there were a total of 6,517 cases reported.

Next: This state may have a small population, but its prostate cancer rates are still high.

13. South Dakota

Bison graze in Custer State Park in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.

Bison roam the Black Hills of South Dakota. | David McNew/Getty Images

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 113.4

Like the other states so far, prostate cancer led the way in terms of new cancer cases in the state in 2015. In South Dakota, new case rates were nearly double the rates for lung and bronchus cancer, which were second highest. And when it came to cancer deaths, South Dakota saw 19.7 for every 100,000 that year.

In total, there were 593 prostate cancer incidences reported. It may not seem like that many, but considering the size of the state, this is definitely worth noting.

Next: If you live in this mountain state, beware. 

12. Utah

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

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Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 113.7

This mountain state saw seriously high rates of prostate cancer in 2015. According to the CDC data, there were more new cases of prostate cancer than any other type of cancer in the state, with melanomas of the skin taking second place with a rate of 48.3 new cases per 100,000 men. Though lung and bronchus cancer still killed more people than prostate, the margin between the two was small. Total, there were 1,446 cases of prostate cancer reported.

Next: This south central state has high rates of many cancers. 

11. Arkansas

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 115

When it came to cancer deaths in 2015, lung and bronchus rates were off the charts in Arkansas — but prostate cancer rates weren’t too far behind. Per 100,000 men, 19.4 died from prostate cancer. As for new cases, the rate was far and away highest for prostate as compared to all other types of the disease. And that year saw 2,070 reported cases of prostate cancer total.

Next: Here’s another southern state to watch.

10. Georgia

Riverwalk in Augusta, Georgia

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Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 115.2

The rates for new cases in 2015 were just slightly above Arkansas here, but there were thousands more reported cases in Georgia as compared with the previous southern state. In total, Georgia had 6,066 reported cases. And prostate cancer led the way in terms of new cancer case rates (second was lung with a rate of 75.7 per 100,000 men). Lung and bronchus deaths were more prevalent with a rate of 56.9, but prostate was second here as well with a rate of 21.1.

Next: Another southern state has super high rates of prostate cancer.

9. South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina cityscape

Greenville, South Carolina cityscape | SeanPavonePhoto/Getty images

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 116.3

Both Carolinas made this list, proving prostate cancer is a serious concern in this area of the U.S. As for new case rates, South Carolina saw 116.3 per 100,000 men in 2015, which is no small number (second was lung cancer with a rate of 80.6 new cases). And when it came to deaths, the rate was a whopping 21.2 per 100,000 men, which was second only to lung cancer once again. In total, the state saw 3,521 reported cases.

Next: Moving up the East Coast for this next state.

8. Maryland

Maryland State capital building

Maryland state capitol building in Annapolis, Maryland | Mj0007/iStock/Getty Images

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 118.3

There are a surprisingly high number of East Coast states with severe prostate cancer rates, and Maryland is one of them. The state had a rate of 118.3 per 100,000 men in 2015 in terms of new cases. And the cancer death rate was also severe for prostate, as the rate was 21.1 per 100,000 men. Lung cancer killed more people in the state that year, but prostate cancer was a close second. Total, Maryland had 3,985 reported cases of this cancer in 2015.

Next: This historic southern state made the No. 7 spot. 

7. Alabama

Welcome to Alabama road sign on US-84 near Gordon

Alabama welcome sign | iStock.com/miroslav_1

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 118.7

A number of southern states made the list, one of which is Alabama. This state had a high rate of new cases for lung and bronchus cancer in 2015, but its new cases of prostate cancer took the cake. For every 100,000 men, there were 118.7 new cases and 21.7 deaths in this state. As far as reported cases are concerned, there were 3,416.

Next: Quite a few northeastern states also saw high rates. 

6. New York

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal in New York | thisnight/iStock/Getty Images

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 121.9

Once again, prostate cancer led the way in terms of new cases in 2015 with a rate of 121.9 per 100,000 men. And though the death rate couldn’t hold a candle to that of lung and bronchus cancer, it was still at a high rate of 17.5 per 100,000 men. Due to New York’s seriously dense population, the real shocker was just how many cases of prostate cancer were reported in the state. In total, there were a whopping 13,648 cases — the highest on the list.

Next: This state may be small, but its incidence rate is shockingly high. 

5. Delaware

Capitol building in Dover, Delaware

Capitol Building in Dover, Delaware | prosiaczeq/iStock/Getty Images

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 124.5

There may have only been 751 reported cases of prostate cancer in Delaware in 2015, but considering the size of the state, this is actually quite a hefty number. Per 100,000 men, the rate was 124.5, according to CDC data, which led the way for new cancer cases. When it came to deaths, however, both lung and colorectal cancers had higher numbers here. Even so, prostate cancer is a disease the state should be watching in 2018.

Next: The last (and most severe) midwestern state on the list

4. North Dakota

Downtown Fargo in North Dakota

Downtown Fargo in North Dakota | csfotoimages/iStock/Getty Images

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 125

While South Dakota also made the list, North Dakota proved its numbers were more severe. There were only 557 reported cases of prostate cancer in 2015, but considering this state is one of the least populated, that’s a hefty number. Per 100,000 men, the rate of new cases stood at 125. And it was the second biggest cancer killer here too, with a rate of 18.3 out of every 100,000 men.

Next: This southern state claims the third worst ranking for prostate cancer. 

3. Louisiana

"Welcome to Louisiana" sign at the highway

“Welcome to Louisiana” sign at the highway | fotoguy22/iStock/Getty Images

Rate of new cases per 100,00 men: 125.7

Louisiana claimed the No. 3 spot in 2015 for incidence of new prostate cancer cases, according to CDC data. For every 100,000 men, the rate of new cases was 125.7, which, again, was far and away the top cancer for the state. While lung cancer killed more people that year, prostate was the second biggest killer with a rate of 20.3 per 100,000. In total, there were 3,269 cases that were reported.

Next: Another southern state claims the No. 2 ranking. 

2. Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA skyline

Jackson, Mississippi | iStock.com/Sean Pavone

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 126.7

This area of the U.S. is seeing increased rates of prostate cancer as evidenced by the CDC data. In 2015, the rate of new cases was 126.7 per 100,000 men — and lung cancer rates weren’t too far behind with a new case rate of 93.8. Prostate cancer also claimed the No. 2 spot for cancer deaths with a rate of 24.6 per 100,000. There were 2,156 reported cases that year as well.

Next: You’d never expect this state to claim the No. 1 spot. 

1. New Jersey

New Jersey shoreline

New Jersey shoreline | Creative-Family/iStock/Getty Images

Rate of new cases per 100,000 men: 127.4

You may know New Jersey as the garden state, but you can now think of it as the state with the highest rate of new prostate cancer cases. The CDC data found per 100,000 men, the new case rate was a crazy high 127.4. New Jersey also saw 6,537 total reported cases of prostate cancer, making it one of the highest states on the list for this. Both lung and bronchus cancers and colorectal cancers killed more people in 2015 than prostate cancer did, however.

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