Cancer rates by State/Map

I would have thought that the state of Maine would be much safer than California.

Hard to say what environmental influences might impact this map. I can't imagine why the red is where the red is.

I can't figure it out. I just think that Blake should move a few miles over to the Florida panhandle!!

I to am surprised I live in

I to am surprised I live in Nevada and with all the smoke filled casinos and one of the higher smokers per capita why it is where it is. go figure with the extreme sun in southern Nevada you would think of skin cancer.

terryr wrote: I to am

terryr wrote:

I to am surprised I live in Nevada and with all the smoke filled casinos and one of the higher smokers per capita why it is where it is. go figure with the extreme sun in southern Nevada you would think of skin cancer.

And the smog in California??

And California is the safest, and Maine is the worst!!!!!

The states in red in the

The states in red in the deep south are a combination of manufacturing petrols, pesticides, fertilizers,
farming, coal mining and lots of sunshine. The Gulf Coast states used to be notorious for skin cancer
and cataracts. But I have no clue why Maine is on the map as red. I thought they were organic everything.
And way too cold for me. Maybe radon? Anyone from there with any ideas?

As I work with a lot of

As I work with a lot of people, and most of them,really really, short, I made mention to a fellow, just yesterday, how many kids, I'm seeing down here with birth defects, misshapen ears, cleft palates etc. and thought this is a lot more than I am used to seeing.

I am not surprised to see the cancer rates higher, down here.

qwackers wrote: But I have

qwackers wrote:

But I have no clue why Maine is on the map as red. I thought they were organic everything.
And way too cold for me. Maybe radon? Anyone from there with any ideas?

The incidence of cancer in Maine, the highest in the US, appears to be along its northern border and eastern area. The situation is similar in Canada in that cancer rates are highest in the Atlantic region. Late in 2008, researchers from Maine and New Brunswick were undertaking some joint research into the higher rates in areas adjoining the border. I don't have any information of whether any papers were published following that research.

I can't help but wonder about the heavy manufacturing and chemical toxins produced in the east, coupled with the outflow from the St. Lawrence.

heartthrob wrote: I would

heartthrob wrote:

I would have thought that the state of Maine would be much safer than California.

It's similar in Canada. The Atlantic provinces have the highest incidence of cancer, while the western provinces have the lowest. BC has the lowest rate of incidence of cancer as well as deaths from cancer, per capita.

Canadian Cancer Statistics 2009 (Statistics by demographical and cancer group/sub-group comparison)
http://www.cancer.ca/canada-wide/about%20cancer/cancer%20statistics/~/media/CCS/Canada%20wide/Files%20List/English%20files%20heading/pdf%20not%20in%20publications%20section/Stats%202009E%20Cdn%20Cancer.ashx

I wonder if there is something about "West Coast" living?

I would have thought New

I would have thought New Mexico to be among the worst (Los Alamos), but look at them.

I would have thought Maine to be among the best..........shows ya how much I know!!

I found one site that might explain it. Mesothelioma and asbestos.
http://www.asbestos.com/states/maine/

Perhaps the same is true for Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama etc....

Don't have time to look..

Leaving for Philly now, to see if I have cancer in my eye.

Maybe those of you who are praying kinds of people could say one for me.

And those who are not, could just cross fingers?

Thanx

Don't worry, you are the

Don't worry, you are the PAMINATOR!

I was wondering what Monday

I was wondering what Monday was all about when I read a post. And I was wondering where you were this morning. I will definitely say a prayer for you Pam. Would have wished on a star too, if I had seen one, and if I had known.

Sending Pam.

Sending Pam.

astraea wrote: Don't

astraea wrote:

Don't worry, you are the PAMINATOR!

RAWRRRR!

I just found out your name.

I just found out your name. Pam, I certainly hope everything goes well for you today. I will say prayers for you, and cross my fingers also. Good Luck! from the Maryland lady.

Arizona's among the lowest,

Arizona's among the lowest, I see. That's odd, because with our desert climate and strong sun, we've got the highest rate of skin cancer in the country. I guess every other type must be low and it balances things out. *shrug*

To heartthrob:

Karmacat wrote: Arizona's

Karmacat wrote:

Arizona's among the lowest, I see. That's odd, because with our desert climate and strong sun, we've got the highest rate of skin cancer in the country. I guess every other type must be low and it balances things out. *shrug*

Possibly it's because this map charts cancer death rates. Most skin cancers are not melanomas, and melanomas are responsible the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Even if a state has a high rate of skin cancer, the percentage of those cancers that can lead to death is smaller.

The states in red in the

The states in red in the deep south are a combination of manufacturing petrols, pesticides, fertilizers, farming, coal mining and lots of sunshine. The Gulf Coast states used to be notorious for skin cancer and cataracts. But I have no clue why Maine is on the map as red. I thought they were organic everything. And way too cold for me. Maybe radon? Anyone from there with any ideas?
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I did note that the southeast is a little overrepresented there. I had assumed that it had to do with lower levels of education, socioeconomic status, diet, lifestyle, and genetics.

In Maine, in high cancer areas they are trying to study all of those same factors, as well as industry, environment, etc. My first thought about Maine was that perhaps the population there was older. But apparently, they have already adjusted for age and are still finding elevated cancer risks in certain areas.

Good call on the AZ cancer

Good call on the AZ cancer rates--I didn't read the 'death' part. That's what happens when I check this forum right before bed. Puzzled

As for the Maine mystery, I wonder if it's red because so much of the state is rural. Specialised cancer treatment may be harder to get so they find it at a later stage when it's more difficult to treat or they can't treat it at all. It seems like the states with major urban areas are generally skewed low. Hmm...

As for the southeast, you may be onto something there. States like Kentucky and West Virginia still have a lot of coal mines and I'm sure that significantly contributes to the cancer rates in addition to the factors you listed.

obliqueone wrote: In

obliqueone wrote:

In Maine, in high cancer areas they are trying to study all of those same factors, as well as industry, environment, etc. My first thought about Maine was that perhaps the population there was older. But apparently, they have already adjusted for age and are still finding elevated cancer risks in certain areas.

Obi, you might have missed this part of my above post about mesothelioma and asbestos in Maine. I was wondering if the same might be true for the southeast states?

Heartthrob wrote:

I would have thought Maine to be among the best..........shows ya how much I know!!

I found one site that might explain it. Mesothelioma and asbestos.
http://www.asbestos.com/states/maine/

Perhaps the same is true for Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama etc....

Don't have time to look..

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