How Healthy Are Women in New Mexico?

This is a tricky one. New Mexico women have among the lowest rates of heart disease and breast, colon, lung, skin and ovarian cancer. But if more than a quarter of women don’t have health insurance, it makes you wonder how much disease is going undiagnosed.

On the bright side, New Mexican women practice moderation. Their binge drinking rate, only 6.5 percent, is lower than the national average.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #8
2 Cases of breast cancer #4
3 Cases of asthma #25
4 Cases of lung cancer #2
5 Get Pap smears #32
6 Have health insurance #48
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #7
8 Get mammograms #39
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #2
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #11
11 Smoke cigarettes #19
12 Cases of depression #36
13 Die from gunshot wounds #22
14 Cases of cervical cancer #17
15 Cases of heart disease #8
7 Go to the dentist #36
8 Cases of high cholesterol #10
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #29
10 Physically active #20
11 Live the longest #20
12 Cases of diabetes #34
13 Cases of high blood pressure #11
14 Are obese or overweight #15
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