2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Oral Health

In the past year, have you had a dentist or dental hygienist check for oral cancer by pulling on your tongue with gauze wrapped around it,
feeling under the tongue and inside the cheeks, and checking the back of your throat?

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 4,632 1,681 34.9 33.2-36.7 2,951 65.1 63.3-66.8
-Non-Hispanic Black 891 225 27.0 23.2-31.0 666 73.0 69.0-76.8
GENDER
Male 358 92 27.5 21.9-33.8 266 72.5 66.2-78.1
Female 533 133 26.5 21.8-31.9 400 73.5 68.1-78.2
AGE
18-34 142 27 21.4 14.3-30.9 115 78.6 69.1-85.7
35-44 126 *** *** *** *** *** ***
45-54 149 40 31.6 23.1-41.5 109 68.4 58.5-76.9
55-64 181 53 31.0 22.9-40.5 128 69.0 59.5-77.1
65-74 187 38 23.8 15.8-34.1 149 76.2 65.9-84.2
75+ 94 22 16.5 9.5-27.1 72 83.5 72.9-90.5
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 83 *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 265 40 15.1 10.3-21.6 225 84.9 78.4-89.7
Some Post-H.S. 256 61 31.9 24.8-40.0 195 68.1 60.0-75.2
College Graduate 285 113 41.8 35.0-49.0 172 58.2 51.0-65.0
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 91 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 146 28 16.6 10.5-25.4 118 83.4 74.6-89.5
$25,000- 34,999 88 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 120 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 93 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 174 73 40.1 31.7-49.2 101 59.9 50.8-68.3
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 272 54 20.9 15.1-28.3 218 79.1 71.7-84.9
No 617 170 29.2 24.7-34.1 447 70.8 65.9-75.3
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 119 40 30.6 21.3-41.8 79 69.4 58.2-78.7
Non-Veteran 772 185 26.4 22.5-30.8 587 73.6 69.2-77.5
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY1
Urban 301 89 31.8 25.6-38.7 212 68.2 61.3-74.4
Regional City or Suburban County 237 58 24.4 17.8-32.5 179 75.6 67.5-82.2
Rural 353 78 23.1 17.7-29.6 275 76.9 70.4-82.3
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 422 121 29.0 23.9-34.7 301 71.0 65.3-76.1
Unemployed 71 16 18.4 10.3-30.7 55 81.6 69.3-89.7
Retired 263 63 23.8 17.4-31.5 200 76.2 68.5-82.6
Unable to Work 103 15 17.5 9.8-29.3 88 82.5 70.7-90.2
Other not in Labor Force 27 *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 41 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 86 *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 127 27 23.4 14.9-34.8 100 76.6 65.2-85.1
151% to 200% 84 *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 371 126 36.0 29.9-42.5 245 64.0 57.5-70.1
HOUSING
Own 498 149 30.7 25.6-36.4 349 69.3 63.6-74.4
Rent 305 57 20.4 15.0-27.1 248 79.6 72.9-85.0
Other arrangement 83 *** *** *** *** *** ***
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 368 80 20.1 15.1-26.2 288 79.9 73.8-84.9
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 246 62 24.9 18.9-32.1 184 75.1 67.9-81.1
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 277 83 34.3 27.5-41.8 194 65.7 58.2-72.5
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 153 40 28.1 20.1-37.8 113 71.9 62.2-79.9
2nd Quartile 207 62 32.5 25.1-40.8 145 67.5 59.2-74.9
3rd Quartile 324 82 25.4 19.6-32.3 242 74.6 67.7-80.4
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 207 41 17.9 12.1-25.5 166 82.1 74.5-87.9

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2020 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on 2020 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

4Quartile of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index
(https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/placeandhealth/svi/index.html) for respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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