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less tobacco products nearly 120% between 2005 and 2008, potentially expanding the tobacco market.

Overweight and Obesity, Physical Activity, and Nutrition

  • An estimated 18.4% of adolescents and 35.7% of adults are obese.

  • Increasing rates of obesity observed since the early 1980s appear to have slowed in the past decade, particularly among women and girls.

  • Obesity prevalence is higher in men than in women among whites, but substantially higher in women than in men among African Americans and Hispanics

  • The percentage of US high school students who were obese in 2011 varied widely across states, from a low of 7.3% in Colorado to a high of 17% in Alabama.

  • In 2011, obesity prevalence exceeded 20% in all states and was highest in Mississippi (35.0%) and lowest in Colorado (20.8%).

Ultraviolet Radiation and Skin Cancer

  • Individuals who use indoor tanning booths during their teens and 20s increase their risk of melanoma by 75%.

  • Thirty-three states have enacted legislation restricting minors' access to indoor tanning facilities.

    HPV Vaccination for Cervical Cancer Prevention

  • The initiation of the HPV vaccination series among US females 13 to 17 years of age increased from 25.0% in 2007 to 53.0% in 2011, with 70.7% of those who initiated completing the entire three-dose series. Despite these improvements, HPV vaccine coverage among adolescent females lags behind other recommended vaccines.

Cancer Screening

  • Mammography use has been relatively stable since 2000. In 2010, 66.5% of women 40 years of age and older reported getting a mammogram in the past two years; women who lack health insurance have the lowest use of mammograms (31.5%).

  • In 2010, 83.0% of adult women (21-65 years of age) had received a Pap test in the past three years. However, there is persistent underuse of the Pap test among women who are uninsured, recent im

Contact: David Sampson
American Cancer Society

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