South Carolina’s Pee Dee region includes Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marlboro, Marion, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties.

Cancer Rates Are High, Especially in the “Pee Dee” Region

South Carolina has a high rate of cancer deaths. More South Carolinians die of cancer than heart disease. Breast and cervical cancer are some of the most common and deadly cancers in the state, especially among black women. To help lower these rates, state leaders used cancer registry data to help more people get the health care they need.

The South Carolina Central Cancer Registry collects information about all new cases of cancer in the state. It also gets information on cancer deaths from the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Registry data showed that people in the Pee Dee region had the highest rates of getting and dying from breast and cervical cancer. The Pee Dee region is a rural area made up of 12 counties in the northeastern corner of South Carolina. In that area, black women are more likely to get or die from breast or cervical cancer than white women.

Women’s Cancer Fund targets hospitals in the Pee Dee region to help patients who have emergency financial needs.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention