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Old 02-28-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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Can anyone give me more information as to why Maine has the highest cancer rates in the US--even when controlled for age and race? It has one of the highest rates of lung cancer but not so many smokers--is it radon/arsenic/pollution? I am thinking of moving there but this fact may influence my decision.I am thinking of moving to the Portland area but this fact has really scared me.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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Can anyone give me more information as to why Maine has the highest cancer rates in the US--even when controlled for age and race? It has one of the highest rates of lung cancer but not so many smokers--is it radon/arsenic/pollution? I am thinking of moving there but this fact may influence my decision.I am thinking of moving to the Portland area but this fact has really scared me.

Welcome to the forum

I am looking forward to replies to your thread.

I have wondered about the same
There are different theories floating around...

Thank you for your thread.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Mt. Vernon, NY
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The 2012 state health rankings are out. Maine ranks in 9th place but, as you stated, has a high rate of cancer deaths and a high percentage of the population smokes. You can see Maine's detailed profile here.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Maine does not compare badly for: breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovary cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer. For these cancers we rank pretty well.

A little worse for colon cancer [though not in the worst grouping]. Which is unlike these states: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Maine ranks badly for lung cancer; along with: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. However when it comes to treating lung cancer in Maine, we rank much better.

Maine also ranks badly for uterine cancer; along with: Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia. Again when it comes to treating uterine cancer in Maine, we rank much better.

West Virginia and Maine, together seem to rank poorly in terms of lung [though WV also ranks in the bottom grouping for curing lung cancer], and uterine cancers.

So even though we rank in the worst grouping for people getting lung cancers and uterine cancers; we are not in the worst groupings for deaths from those cancers.

CDC - Lung Cancer Rates by State
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:42 PM
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It is odd to see overall cancer ratings so high in New England.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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could be all the fish you all eat up there..... the ocean is the worlds dumping ground..... lobsters are bottom feeders right?

might be worth a study.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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Can anyone give me more information as to why Maine has the highest cancer rates in the US--even when controlled for age and race? It has one of the highest rates of lung cancer but not so many smokers--is it radon/arsenic/pollution? I am thinking of moving there but this fact may influence my decision.I am thinking of moving to the Portland area but this fact has really scared me.
If you look at the data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you'll see that the northeastern states in general (e.g., Vermont, Rhode Island, NY,CT, Pennsylvania) have a higher cancer rate than the rest of the U.S. I wonder if this is just an artifact of better cancer reporting due to a less transient population. At least, I HOPE that's what the data are showing.

Just my opinion, of course
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