As you may know, obesity and smoking are two of the major risk factors for developing cancer, but do you know how common those things are in your state? Recently researchers with the American Cancer Society put together a study on the prevalence of cancer risk factors state by state across our country.
While smoking rates are almost 6% since 1999, tobacco use will still lead to approximately 170,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. this year! The percentage of the adult population smoking varies widely across our country, from as low as 10% in Utah to as high as 27% in West Virginia.
Another factor studied was the prevalence of obesity which can also result in a higher chance of developing cancer. Colorado leads the nation with the lowest level of obesity, but still comes in at 21%. Mississippi is on the other end of the spectrum with the highest levels at 35%. The study delves into the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten and even physical activity.
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