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Cancer Rates Vary Widely by State, Race: CDC Report
Date:2/22/2013

omen, however, had more cases of colon cancer than lung cancer.

There was one spot of bright news: The federal government's Healthy People 2020 goals have called for a reduction of colorectal cancers to 38.6 cases per 100,000, and the new report shows that the goal has already been met among women nationwide and among both genders in some states.

Cancers overall were more common in the Northeast and less common in Florida, the Southwest and California. But certain cancers were more prevalent in one region than others. For instance, lung cancer prevalence was greatest in Southern states, and colon cancer seemed concentrated in the South and Midwest. Breast cancer diagnoses were most common in the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest and parts of the Northeast, the report found.

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-- Margaret Farley Steele

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Feb. 21, 2013, Morbity and Mortality Weekly Report


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