January 28, 2013

Kentucky Rates #1 in Major Cancers

With over 25,000 new cancer cases diagnosed in 2012, the terrible disease remains a major challenge for the Commonwealth, as it still holds the unwanted distinction of having the worst number of deaths attributed to cancer of all the states.

The specific cancers Kentucky ranks worst in are colon and rectum, oral cavity and pharynx, and lung and bronchus. Other areas the state ranks high in are kidney and renal pelvis (2nd), brain (3rd) and cervix (8th).

Hit particularly hard is the Appalachian region of the Kentucky, where the death rates for some cancers are the worst in the nation.

From 2000 - 2009, the overall mortality from cancer in the United States has fallen.

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