|By Mark Hayward, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The high incident rates include the two most common forms of cancer: prostate cancer and female breast cancer.
The prostate cancer rate among white men in
But the state has one of the highest rates of breast cancer screenings, he said. For example, last year the state paid for breast cancer screenings for more than 4,000 poor women.
"The more you look for it, the more you find," Montero said, adding that
The CDC data show
Last month, the
"The best solutions will save lives and potentially millions of dollars in health care costs, and in many cases, it would cost
Data covering 2007 to 2011 show
The CDC said several factors should be taken in consideration when weighing a state's cancer rate:
--Race and ethnicity. White women are more susceptible to breast cancer. Black men are more susceptible to prostate cancer.
--Lifestyle. A majority of cancer cases appear to be related to lifestyle factors such as smoking.
--Detection. Higher screening rates will likely result in higher incident rates.
--Age adjustments. The CDC data is adjusted for age, so states with an older population are adjusted so they would not reflect higher cancer rates.
As with the rest of the country, prostate cancer edges out breast cancer in
"We are a healthier state," Montero said, "that doesn't mean we are disease-free."
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