How Healthy Are Women in Nevada?

On average, 57 percent of American women are overweight or obese. In Nevada, that percentage is much lower, 47.6 percent. Just one state fares better when it comes to healthy weight: Hawaii and Colorado.

But, while maintaining a healthy weight is very important to overall health, there are other factors that push Nevada to the “unhealthy” side. The high rate of uninsured women -- 26 percent -- may account for so few women getting mammograms and Pap smears. And as has been seen in other states, a low mammogram rate often coincides with a low rate of breast cancer. But that doesn’t mean there is no breast cancer in Nevada. In fact, the state has the third highest breast cancer death rate in the country.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #43
2 Cases of breast cancer #7
3 Cases of asthma #35
4 Cases of lung cancer #43
5 Get Pap smears #43
6 Have health insurance #46
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #11
8 Get mammograms #48
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #9
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #8
11 Smoke cigarettes #31
12 Cases of depression #14
13 Die from gunshot wounds #31
14 Cases of cervical cancer #21
15 Cases of heart disease #31
7 Go to the dentist #38
8 Cases of high cholesterol #22
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #36
10 Physically active #25
11 Live the longest #37
12 Cases of diabetes #27
13 Cases of high blood pressure #13
14 Are obese or overweight #2
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