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Atlanta, Georgia, USA Piedmont Park skyline in autumn.Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

At 466.4 per 100,000, Georgia’s cancer diagnosis rate places it as the 16th worst in the nation, and its cancer death rate of 165.6 per 100,000, places it above the nation’s average. Check out the 15 things that cancer doctors do to prevent cancer.

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Chicago city urban skyline with skyscrapers over Lake Michigan with cloudy blue sky.Songquan Deng/Shutterstock

This state’s diagnosis rate of 466.2 per 100,000 puts it 17th worst in the nation. At 168.5 per 100,000, Illinois ranks slightly higher than the US average in terms of cancer deaths. As in many other states, lung, breast and prostate cancer top the list of diagnoses and cancer-related deaths.  Screening is the best way to catch cancers early when they are in their most treatable stages, but here are the cancer screening tests you probably don’t need.

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North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina, USA downtown skyline.Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

At 18, the tobacco state of North Carolina ranks slightly better than Illinois in cancer diagnoses at 466.1 per 100,000, but its cancer death rate of 167 per 100,000 is below average. The prevalence of lung cancer (almost 69 diagnoses out of 100,000 cases versus the national average of 59) may account for the higher-than-average cancer mortality rate in North Carolina. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to lower your risk for lung cancer. Here are seven ways to take back your health after you kick this habit.


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Wichita, Kansas, USA downtown skyline at dusk.Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Kansas comes in at 19th in the nation with a diagnosis rate of 464.5 per 100,000. This middle-of-the-country state also comes in the middle for cancer death rates (164.2 per 100,000), and its top 10 most common cancer diagnoses all hover around the national average, as well. Here are 21 genius cancer breakthroughs scientists wish you knew.

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Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota at night time as seen from the famous stone arch

Minnesota ranks 20th in the nation for cancer diagnoses (464 per 100,000), which places it above the national average. But Minnesota’s cancer death rate is well below average at 153.4 per 100,000, lower than the US average. The state’s lung cancer diagnosis rate is below the national average.

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