How Healthy Are Women in Massachusetts

Partially thanks to universal health care -- which provides health insurance to 95 percent of the women Massachusetts -- this New England state leads the nation in its Pap smear and mammogram rates. Both tests are crucial in finding cancers in its earliest stages so that treatment can be most effective.

Massachusetts may have the highest rate of breast cancer but its rate of death by cancer might only be higher (it’s about average right now) were it not for early detection.

Also notable: Massachusetts ranks the lowest of all 38 states for which data is available when it comes to the likelihood of a woman being killed by a gun. Now that’s the spirit of America.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #47
2 Cases of breast cancer #50
3 Cases of asthma #45
4 Cases of lung cancer #40
5 Get Pap smears #1
6 Have health insurance #1
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #30
8 Get mammograms #1
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #22
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #42
11 Smoke cigarettes #12
12 Cases of depression #12
13 Die from gunshot wounds #1
14 Cases of cervical cancer #5
15 Cases of heart disease #22
7 Go to the dentist #2
8 Cases of high cholesterol #4
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #8
10 Physically active #13
11 Live the longest #8
12 Cases of diabetes #6
13 Cases of high blood pressure #8
14 Are obese or overweight #5
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