How Healthy Are Women in Maryland?

Maryland women are doing a solid job at scheduling regular Pap smears and mammograms. And best of all, we can see the results: since the Pap can catch HPV before it leads to cancer, it may be that these screenings are what’s keeping Maryland’s incidence of cervical cancer low.

The bad news: 59 percent of women here are overweight or obese and are less active than women in most other states.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #28
2 Cases of breast cancer #44
3 Cases of asthma #19
4 Cases of lung cancer #15
5 Get Pap smears #3
6 Have health insurance #14
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #19
8 Get mammograms #5
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #11
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #22
11 Smoke cigarettes #15
12 Cases of depression #4
13 Die from gunshot wounds #8
14 Cases of cervical cancer #12
15 Cases of heart disease #8
7 Go to the dentist #9
8 Cases of high cholesterol #16
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #9
10 Physically active #37
11 Live the longest #32
12 Cases of diabetes #29
13 Cases of high blood pressure #27
14 Are obese or overweight #36
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