How Healthy Are Women in Illinois?

Ladies in the Land of Lincoln must be slathering on the sunblock! Illinois has one of the lowest rates of skin cancer in the country -- it’s actually half that of states like Vermont. Even better: women here are happier than most, and are less likely to be killed by a gun here than in 44 other states.

But the Prairie State needs to cut back on the boozin’. Illinoisan women are three times more likely to binge drink than in our country’s most temperate state, Tennessee.

See where Illinois ranks on the health issues below. Remember, #1 is healthiest; #50 is least healthy.


  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #41
2 Cases of breast cancer #29
3 Cases of asthma #30
4 Cases of lung cancer #39
5 Get Pap smears #15
6 Have health insurance #24
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #10
8 Get mammograms #35
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #38
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #28
11 Smoke cigarettes #17
12 Cases of depression #17
13 Die from gunshot wounds #6
14 Cases of cervical cancer #29
15 Cases of heart disease #27
7 Go to the dentist #28
8 Cases of high cholesterol #25
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruit & vegetables #31
10 Physically active #19
11 Live the longest #24
12 Cases of diabetes #17
13 Cases of high blood pressure #26
14 Are obese or overweight #29
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