Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia,
In a recent article published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), they presented compelling statistical information on the cancer cases being reported and then the deaths caused by cancer, broken down by state. This map outlining the states that have the lowest number of cancer related deaths contrasted with the states that have the highest mortality rate.
Utah enjoys the lowest mortality rate while Kentucky is plagued by the highest death rate from cancer in the United States, not a flattering stat to lead the country with, sorry Wildcats. A large online cancer community recently provided some possible scenarios as to why all states are not benefiting by a drop in cancer deaths. The suggestions were viable and made sense, although they were certainly not achieved based on any scientific principle. The Cancer Horizons community suggested these various issues may have influenced the negative results received in Kentucky, Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, Indiana, and Missouri, and Ohio.
The intent of this author is not to disparage any of these states in any way. Some of the most incredible people I know live there. There is an obvious concern however if DNA, Genetics, Lifestyle, smoking, or any of the usual cancer culprits are not the only things to worry about.
Possible reasons why cancer is higher in these 11-states:
- Increased industrial activity filing the air with pollutants
- An older population living in these states
- Chemicals used to fertilize crops and residents buying local
- Something the water making it unsafe over time
- Insufficient iodine in the soil is most often one of the major causes of thyroid issues.
- Obesity rates are sky high here in the Midwest.
- Result of environmental disasters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Of all the possible suggestions submitted (we only included a few since some related to solar activity and aliens), the one that stood out was #7, increased death from cancer in the Gulf states and others could be attributable to environmental hazards that are unique and isolated to this area of the country. With numerous oil spills and notable accidents, the largest being the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April or 2010, also called the BP oil spill this massive loss of life and environmental devastation dumped 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf or 210 million gallons.
One of our contributors from Cancer Horizons lives in South Mississippi, less than ½ miles from the gulf. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood cancer that often times can be triggered by environmental hazards – she was also diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, almost 4 years to the day after the oil spill. If you analyze unusual cancer-related activity to the entire population including children suffering from rare and difficult to treat forms of cancer, common sense would tie the two events together.
Following the finger-pointing and the shifting of blame from British Petroleum to manufactures of the material to build the oil platform to human error pinned on some of those that lost their lives in the incredible accident. The herculean effort to try and clean it up started. With pressure from the fishing industry which was out of business and the states involved because of lost tourism dollars, an effort to clean the waters and restore the environment was initiated.
As is with most things the government gets involved with there were some major challenges along the way. Even though some of the brightest engineering and environmental experts were called in, there really was no way to restore everything to its original form, only to somehow save as much as possible and hope it’s enough. In the process what were purported to be harmless chemicals were used to help clean the waters and remove the oil and eventually life resumed for all.
Perhaps the supposed chemicals were not as harmless as originally thought and posed a problem. With an effort to support the local fishing industry, everyone was encouraged to support the local industries and consume the “daily catch” as though all had been restored perfectly without regard to the absolute disruption in the natural eco-trends that provide the delicate balance needed to support life both above and below the water’s surface.
There is certainly much being done to seek answers to the high rate of cancer deaths in the Gulf states. Including Ohio and Indiana into this large environmental explanation is a bit of a stretch, but there is a culprit whatever it is that needs to be identified and resolved. One interesting observation from the CDC results also is the fact that Florida has not seen the problems the others have. Logic would dictate they should have but did not, perhaps the answers will be found there.
Regardless, we encourage the Governors of each of the 11-states, to find ways that your state can help those cancer patients and their families that are struggling every day to continue on. Some level of state aid or compassionate service made available to this large group is certainly needed in these states losing their residents faster than all the others.