These 7 States Have the Highest Rates of Breast Cancer in the U.S.

Are you at risk for developing breast cancer at some point in your life? Risk factors vary from high saturated fat intake to genetics to how old you are if and when you get pregnant. Whether or not you develop it might also depend on where you live, based on its prevalence in your home state.

Researchers evaluated the incidence of this type of cancer among newly diagnosed women throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These are the seven states with the highest rates in the U.S.

7. North Dakota

Downtown Fargo city in North Dakota

There is a big presence of breast cancer in North Dakota. | csfotoimages/iStock/Getty Images

From 2009 to 2013, 131 per every 100,000 women received a new breast cancer diagnosis in the state of North Dakota.

Fast fact: Women who don’t have children have an increased risk of developing this type of cancer. Late pregnancies and menopause also increase your risk.

6. New Jersey

Man pumping gas at New Jersey gas station

New Jersey also has a significant amount of women with breast cancer. | Chris Hondros/Getty Images

From 2009 to 2013, 131 per every 100,000 women received a new breast cancer diagnosis in the state of New Jersey.

Fast fact: Your alcohol consumption plays a major role in your risk for this type of cancer. This is just one of many risk factors you actually have some control over.

5. Hawaii

Waipio valley lookout on Hawaii Big Island

This beautiful island has a significant presence of breast cancer. | Vacclav/iStock/Getty Images

From 2009 to 2013, 134 per every 100,000 women received a new breast cancer diagnosis in the state of Hawaii.

Fast fact: Some risk factors you can’t control include your genes, family history, and even your race and ethnicity. Some studies have shown women of color are at an increased risk.

4. Washington

Spokane, Washington

Men can also develop breast cancer. | csfotoimages/iStock/Getty Images

From 2009 to 2013, 136 per every 100,000 women received a new breast cancer diagnosis in the state of Washington.

Fast fact: Men are much less likely to develop this type of cancer than women. Many men still develop it, though — they aren’t immune simply due to gender.

3. Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Diet and alcohol intake can all raise ones risk of breast cancer. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

From 2009 to 2013, 136 per every 100,000 women received a new breast cancer diagnosis in the state of Massachusetts.

Fast fact: While there are some medications that might increase your risk for this type of cancer, supplements like vitamin D might help prevent it.

2. New Hampshire

New Hampshire scenery

It’s important to get yearly mammograms once you hit a certain age. | Darren McCollester/Getty Images

From 2009 to 2013, 138 per every 100,000 women received a new breast cancer diagnosis in the state of New Hampshire.

Fast fact: Not all symptoms of this type of cancer are obvious. Some women develop rashes or skin texture changes that more subtly signal there’s something wrong.

1. Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut skyline

Staying active can help reduce your chances of developing breast cancer. | SeanPavonePhoto/ Getty Images Plus

From 2009 to 2013, 138 per every 100,000 women received a new breast cancer diagnosis in the state of Connecticut.

Fast fact: There are a few small things you can to do decrease your risk, including getting moderate amounts of consistent exercise and cutting some saturated fat sources from your diet.

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