Breast Cancer Awareness: 15 States With the Highest Rates of Diagnoses

There are over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the country, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2017 alone, it’s estimated there will be over 250,000 new breast cancer diagnoses in women. And breast cancer does not discriminate. While a man’s risk for breast cancer is much lower — 1 in 1,000 — the American Cancer Society estimates over 2,400 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2017.

Doctors agree self-exams are one of the most proactive steps in identifying abnormalities. Still, breast cancer is the second most deadly cancer among women after lung cancer. And while a person may be predisposed to breast cancer through genetics, lifestyle and environment also play a role. So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has crunched the numbers to find the states with the most breast cancer diagnoses. Is your home in one of them?

15. Minnesota

Minneapolis downtown skyline at sunset

Minneapolis downtown skyline at sunset Patients are less likely to die from breast cancer than in other states. | RudyBalasko/iStock/Getty Images Plus

  • Rate of diagnoses per 100,000 people: 130.9

Breast cancer awareness dates as far back as 3,000 to 2,500 B.C. In the first century A.D., doctors were even attempting to eradicate tumors by cutting into them with surgical tools, mind you without anesthesia. As with many states in the country, the death rate associated with breast cancer has decreased. It’s believed this is due to more advanced treatments and early detection. Minnesota women are less likely to die from breast cancer than other states. Only about 17 out of 100,000 women will die from the disease, according to the CDC.

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