- Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
There are several factors that could raise your risk for cancer, including your location. Luckily, Atlanta isn’t a high-risk place to live, according to a study by Men’s Health that named it one of the least cancer-prone cities in America.
The publication determined its results by analyzing the cancer prevalence, lifestyle factors and health behaviors of 100 cities in America using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers assessed several metrics including the percentage of people with cancer, the percentage of people who currently smoke or have ever smoked, the percentage of people who are overweight or obese and the percentage of people with inflammatory diseases.
While San Francisco and San Jose placed first and second, respectively, Atlanta wasn’t too far behind at No. 5.
The Peach City placed high on the list, because “locals overall are still committed to leading healthy lifestyles.”
According to the research, Atlantans smoke less than those from 79 other cities examined. Residents also stay physically active, eat plenty of fruits and veggies and limit their intake of alcohol.
The site also highlighted the CDC, which is based in ATL, and Georgia’s state initiatives dedicated to promoting workplace wellness. To top it off, the city ranked No. 92 for having the fewest locals with cancer.
Want to know how other areas fared? Take a look at the 10 least cancer-prone cities in the U.S.
10 least cancer-prone cities in the U.S.
1. San Francisco, CA
2. San Jose, CA
3. Stockton, CA
4. Jersey City, NJ
5. Atlanta, GA
6. Sacramento, CA
7. Oakland, CA
8. Honolulu, HI
9. Newark, NJ
10. Boston, MA