Knox’s health ranking worse than state, surrounding counties in some areas

Knox County’s ranking compared to the rest of the state when it comes to the health of its people isn’t topping the charts in any category.

When adults were asked to rate their own health status as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor, 33% of those responding said they were in poor or fair health, compared to 23% statewide.

Some of the data presented by (KHF) paint a bigger picture of why Knox Countians feel so bad.

Health decline

According to statistics from the KHF website, about 19% of Knox Countians are diabetic. That’s seven percent higher than the state average of 13%. Another 55% suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure), compared to 39% statewide.

Cancers also rank at alarming rates, but not in stark comparison to state averages. For example, those suffering from lung cancer is 83 people per 100,000, compared to 69 per 100,000 statewide. Colorectal and breast cancer rates are closer when compared to state numbers.

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