Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 1 in 4 deaths.
So which states have the highest cancer rates? The agency mapped it out.
No matter the type of cancer, and for both sexes, Kentucky had the highest rate of cancer deaths. Just under 200 for every 100,000 people.
And all of the maps are from 2013, which is the latest info from the CDC.
Utah had the lowest rate.
But the good news, if there is any, is that cancer death rates have been going down over the last few decades. Besides a few types such as liver and pancreatic cancers to name a few.
That's easy to see with these maps from 2005 through 2013. The darker the blue, the higher the cancer rates. You can see the color gradually getting lighter over time.
For both men and women, lung and bronchial cancer was the leading cause of death. As for new cancer cases, it was breast for women and prostate for men.
The CDC says for most people, getting older is the most important risk factor.