10 States With the Highest Incidence of Melanoma

  • Grosvenor Arch
    1. Utah
    Utah is paradise if you love the outdoors. You’ll find Olympic-class snow sports, plenty of National Parks, and of course, the Great Salt Lake. Utah also has the highest rate of new melanoma diagnoses in the United States, at 62% higher than the national average. Beaver County, in the western part of the state, has the highest rate in the state at 245% above the national average. These numbers come from the latest data covering 2007 to 2011.

  • Autumn in Vermont
    2. Vermont
    The Green Mountain State is home to quaint New England towns, sweet maple syrup, and world-famous fall foliage. Vermont’s rate of new melanoma diagnoses is 45% higher than the national average. This puts it at the second highest nationwide. Lamoille County’s rate is the highest in the state at 84% above the national average. Vermont has lowered its rate and moved down to second place since the last round of melanoma reports covering 2005 to 2009.

  • Cape Henlopen
    3. Delaware
    The First State is known for its miles of coastline and family-friendly beaches. It’s also heaven for bargain hunters with its tax-free shopping. At 38% above the national average, Delaware ranks 3rd for new melanoma diagnoses. This rate has moved Delaware up from #5 since the 2005 to 2009 reports. Located in the southern part of the state, Sussex County has the highest rate of new melanoma diagnoses in the state.

  • Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
    4. New Hampshire
    The Granite State is famous for the Merrimack Valley, Dartmouth College, and Mt. Washington—the highest peak in the east at 6,288 ft. New Hampshire also ranks 4th highest in the nation for new melanoma diagnoses. New Hampshire’s rate is 36% higher than the national average. Grafton County had the highest diagnosis rate in the state, at a rate 68% higher than the national average.

  • USA, Douglas County, Oregon, Umpqua River, Toketee Falls
    5. Oregon
    Oregon is the heart of the Pacific Northwest. It’s known for lush forests, flowing waterfalls, and hip cities. Oregon finds itself at #5 due to a melanoma rate that is 35% higher than the national average. This rate has remained steady since the 2005 to 2009 reports. Grant County leads the state and ranks in the top 1% of counties nationwide.

  • Split Rock Lighthouse
    6. Minnesota
    The Land of 10,000 Lakes offers endless outdoor activities to satisfy any enthusiast. From fishing to hiking, kayaking to golf, Minnesota has it all. Minnesota ranks 6th highest in the nation for new melanoma cases. Minnesota’s rate is 32% above the national average, with approximately 1,446 state residents diagnosed with melanoma per year.

  • Mount Saint Helens in Autumn
    7. Washington
    Washington is the home of two of the United States’ most famous volcanoes—Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. It’s also the birthplace of a world-famous coffee brand. The rate of new melanoma diagnoses in Washington is 29% above the national average, making it the 7th highest rate in the nation. Columbia County—located in the eastern part of the state—has the highest rate in the state and is in the top 5 counties nationwide.

  • Sawtooth Mountain Cabin
    8. Idaho
    Idaho potatoes may be the best, but they aren’t the only thing Idaho has going for it. The Gem State also has thousands of acres of ski runs, including backcountry terrain, and premier lodging to return to at the end of the day. With a rate 26% above the national average, Idaho comes in 8th for new melanoma diagnoses. Blaine County is the highest in the state and falls into the top 20 counties nationwide. It has a rate of new melanoma cases that is 131% above the national average.

  • Horses on the Farm
    9. Kentucky
    Nothing says “Kentucky” more than horse racing, basketball, and bluegrass. Kentucky is also home to the world’s longest cave system—Mammoth Cave National Park. Kentucky’s rate of new melanoma cases is 21% higher than the national average. Bracken County has the highest rate in the state. Three Kentucky counties—Bracken County, Cumberland County, and Marshall County—are in the top 25 counties in the nation for new cases of melanoma.

  • Misty Sunrise Over Golden Wheat Field in Central Kansas
    10. Kansas
    People know the Sunflower State for its beautiful plains. It’s also goes by the name, America’s Bread Basket, because those plains are ideal for growing wheat. Kansas ranks 10th highest in the nation for new melanoma cases. The state’s rate is 18% higher than the national average. Kansas averages 685 new cases of melanoma each year.

10 States With the Highest Incidence of Melanoma

About The Author

Sarah Lewis is a pharmacist and a medical writer with over 25 years of experience in various areas of pharmacy practice. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She completed Pharmacy Practice Residency training at the University of Pittsburgh/VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. 
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