Kaiser Family Foundation compiles state breast cancer data

The Kaiser Family Foundation has compiled state-by-state date on breast cancer incidence into several handy tables.

Nationwide, breast cancer affects 123.7 women per 100,000 women. Washington ranks No. 10, with an incidence rate higher than the national rate. However, the breast cancer death rate is lower than the national average.

In Washington, 135.3 women per 100,000 women develop breast cancer. That’s behind New Hampshire, South Dakota, Delaware, Hawaii, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Oregon’s incidence rate comes in at No. 24 with 124.8 women per 100,000 women.

The national breast cancer death rate is 20.7 per 100,000 women. In Washington, 20.4 women per 100,000 die from breast cancer, putting Washington at No. 26.

Washington D.C. has the highest death rate, 29.6 per 100,000, which is considerably higher than the No. 2 state, Louisiana (23.9 per 100,000).

Hawaii has the lowest breast cancer death rate, with just 15.3 deaths per 100,000.

Marissa Harshman

Marissa Harshman

I'm the health reporter for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash. I started at The Columbian -- my hometown newspaper -- in September 2009. Reach me at marissa.harshman@columbian.com or 360-735-4546.

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