Just how healthy is the state of Colorado when it comes to cancer rates? The good news is that states in the Mountain West average lower cancer rates than the rest of the country. Keep scrolling to look at the counties with the highest cancer rates in our state, including Mesa, Delta, and Montrose counties on the Western Slope.

Asbestos.com researchers say the state of Colorado has one of the lowest cancer rates in the nation. Per every 100,000 residents, Colorado sees about 387 cancer cases.

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Colorado Cancer Cases 2016-2020

Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado reported 124,007 new cases from 2016 to 2020. For every 100,000 people, 392 cancer cases were reported. Between the years 2016 to 2020, 39,806 Colorado residents died of cancer, or about 130 people per 100,000 residents.

The Colorado County with the Lowest Cancer Rate

The county with the lowest cancer rate in Colorado is Saguache County. The county's population is around 6,268. US News.com reports the county sees around 273 per 100,000 residents. Saguache County sees an average of 28 new cases each year.

The Colorado County with the Highest Cancer Rate

Stacker.com reports the highest cancer rate in Colorado is found in Jackson County. This county reports 780 cases per 100,000 residents between 2016 and 2020.

According to AspenHospital.com, the most common types of cancer in Colorado are breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, and skin cancer. See the 25 counties in Colorado with the highest cancer rates below.

25 Counties with the Highest Cancer Rates in Colorado

Which counties in Colorado have the highest cancer rates? Using data from the CDC, the following counties in the gallery below represent the highest cancer rates in the Centennial State. Keep scrolling to see if your county is on the list.

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Out of the top 20 healthiest counties in the United States, Colorado had a total of five in the top 10.

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LOOK: Newsweek's Top 10 Hospitals in Colorado for 2024

Each year, Newsweek creates a list of the best hospitals in both the United States and the world. However, they also crunch the numbers and look at the best in-state hospitals around the country.
Take a look at their rankings of Colorado's best hospitals.

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