• Where Arizona ranks for rates of cancer compared to the rest of the nation
  • Changes in lifestyle have altered rates of cancer in the last 30 years
  • The Arizona counties with the highest cancer rates

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Cancer Has Changed in the United States

Across the United States and the world, the fight against cancer continues to rage on. According to the American Cancer Society, there is good news. Lifestyle changes have helped the rate of cancer trend down across the board.

Over the last 30 years, the risk of dying from cancer has steadily declined, sparing some 4 million lives in the United States. This downward trend can partially be explained by big wins in smoking cessation, early cancer detection, and treatment advancements. Cancer incidence, however, is on the rise for many common cancers.

If you live in Arizona, the outlook is increasingly positive. According to WorldPopulationReview.com, Arizona comes in last place - number 50 - for cancer rates in the US. Contrast this statistic against the state of Kentucky, which takes first place in this unfortunate ranking, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

As good as the news is for our state, Arizona's fight against cancer continues. Here are the Arizona counties with the highest rate of cancer:

LOOK: Counties with the highest cancer rates in Arizona

Stacker ranked the counties with the highest cancer rates in Arizona using data from the CDC.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

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