How Healthy Are Women in Montana?

When it comes to nutrition, Montana is doing something right. Women here have among the lowest rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease -- all conditions impacted by diet.

Where does the state need to up its game? Doctor’s checkups. Just over 67 percent of women over 40 have been screened for breast cancer in the last two years and 62 percent visit the dentist annually, ranking Montana women near the bottom two for these checkups.

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

  Category State Rank
17 Tendency to binge drink #36
8 Cases of breast cancer #15
11 Cases of asthma #22
12 Cases of lung cancer #23
21 Get Pap smears #45
20 Have health insurance #43
19 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #39
23 Get mammograms #46
2 Cases of colorectal cancer #7
14 Cases of ovarian cancer #32
16 Smoke cigarettes #35
18 Cases of depression #39
13 Die from gunshot wounds #26
9 Cases of cervical cancer #19
1 Cases of heart disease #6
22 Go to the dentist #46
10 Cases of high cholesterol #20
3 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #7
7 Physically active #15
15 Live the longest #33
4 Cases of diabetes #9
6 Cases of high blood pressure #15
5 Are obese or overweight #10
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