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SD has lower cancer rate than US

By Northern Plains News Service

South Dakota has one of the lowest overall cancer rates in the United States, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control study.

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The CDC study released in late October put South Dakota 10th lowest in the nation, with a cancer incidence rate for men and women of 421.4 per 100,000 people. Wyoming was also in the lowest quartile with a 427.8 rate, placing it 13th.

Other regional states and their overall cancer incidence rates for men and women: Nebraska, 443.1, 19th, second lowest quartile; North Dakota, 446.6, 22nd, second lowest quartile; Montana, 460.9, 33rd, second highest quartile; and Iowa, 480.0, 40th, highest quartile.

The latest numbers are for 2010.

There was no data available for Minnesota or Arizona. The national cancer incidence rate, according to the CDC, is 445.5 per 100,000 people.