These States Have the Highest Rates of Breast Cancer

November 13, 2017, 11:23 PM UTC

According to the National Cancer Institute, the average woman has a 12.4% chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. There are a number of different factors that can increase a woman’s chances of developing the disease, including several environmental ones such as certain pesticides or industrial chemicals, which means you may be more likely to develop breast cancer depending on where you live.

The St. Louis Dispatch recently took a look at the most recent data from the National Cancer Institute (from 2014) to determine which states have a higher incidence of breast cancer than others.

Topping the list was Washington D.C. The nation’s capital had 143.5 cases of breast cancer per 100,000 people, with the average number of cases per year coming in at 478. Second, was New Hampshire, which had 140.4 cases per 100k people, with an average number of cases per year coming in at 1,183.

Here’s a rundown of the top ten. Check out the full list here:

  1. Washington D.C
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Connecticut
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Hawaii
  6. Washington
  7. Delaware
  8. New Jersey
  9. Maryland
  10. South Dakota