How Healthy Are Women in South Carolina?

Women in South Carolina have the second-highest rate of diabetes in the country and one of the highest rates of high cholesterol and obesity. Perhaps it’s time to increase the number of women who eat their five servings of fruits and vegetables -- currently only 21 percent do.

But there’s good news: South Carolina has the nation’s lowest rate of ovarian cancer and one of the top-five lowest incidences of colon cancer. The “smiling faces” are legit too -- South Carolina is also pretty low on the depression and binge drinking rankings.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #9
2 Cases of breast cancer #18
3 Cases of asthma #14
4 Cases of lung cancer #14
5 Get Pap smears #11
6 Have health insurance #40
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #28
8 Get mammograms #28
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #5
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #1
11 Smoke cigarettes #34
12 Cases of depression #13
13 Die from gunshot wounds #31
14 Cases of cervical cancer #43
15 Cases of heart disease #38
7 Go to the dentist #44
8 Cases of high cholesterol #48
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #45
10 Physically active #37
11 Live the longest #42
12 Cases of diabetes #49
13 Cases of high blood pressure #42
14 Are obese or overweight #48
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