Prostate cancer was the leading newly diagnosed cancer among men and breast cancer was among women, while lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer deaths among both sexes, according to a new federal report on state-specific cancer rates using 2001 data. Other major findings: Washington state had the highest rate of female breast cancer and Texas the lowest. Kentucky had the highest rate of colorectal cancer among men, and New Jersey had the highest rate among women. Utah had the lowest colorectal cancer rate and the lowest lung cancer rate for men and women.
U.S. Cancer Statistics: 2001 Incidence and Mortality marks the third collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. The report for the first time included incidence and death rates as well as data for Hispanics. It included incidence data from 43 states, six metropolitan areas and Washington, covering 92% of the U.S. population. Download the report. --by Cinda Becker