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
-FEMALES 2,582 993 37.5 35.1-39.8 1,589 62.5 60.2-64.9
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 1,642 779 45.6 42.7-48.6 863 54.4 51.4-57.3
Non-Hispanic Black 533 133 26.5 21.8-31.9 400 73.5 68.1-78.2
Other 74 *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 398 80 21.7 17.3-26.9 318 78.3 73.1-82.7
35-44 352 126 38.1 32.0-44.5 226 61.9 55.5-68.0
45-54 405 162 40.7 35.1-46.6 243 59.3 53.4-64.9
55-64 477 210 43.9 38.3-49.7 267 56.1 50.3-61.7
65-74 524 231 50.1 44.7-55.5 293 49.9 44.5-55.3
75+ 366 151 36.1 29.7-43.0 215 63.9 57.0-70.3
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 240 22 12.8 7.7-20.3 218 87.2 79.7-92.3
H.S. or G.E.D. 633 155 25.6 21.3-30.3 478 74.4 69.7-78.7
Some Post-H.S. 764 301 40.7 36.5-45.0 463 59.3 55.0-63.5
College Graduate 939 513 55.1 51.2-58.9 426 44.9 41.1-48.8
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 229 26 14.8 9.0-23.5 203 85.2 76.5-91.0
$15,000- 24,999 377 92 24.9 19.2-31.7 285 75.1 68.3-80.8
$25,000- 34,999 216 57 24.7 18.2-32.5 159 75.3 67.5-81.8
$35,000- 49,999 315 114 34.6 28.4-41.3 201 65.4 58.7-71.6
$50,000- 74,999 272 135 45.7 38.3-53.3 137 54.3 46.7-61.7
$75,000+ 600 366 58.7 53.8-63.4 234 41.3 36.6-46.2
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 833 235 28.0 24.2-32.2 598 72.0 67.8-75.8
No 1,743 753 41.5 38.6-44.4 990 58.5 55.6-61.4
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 65 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 2,513 968 37.5 35.2-39.9 1,545 62.5 60.1-64.8
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 699 321 42.7 38.4-47.2 378 57.3 52.8-61.6
Regional City or Suburban County 721 269 36.2 32.0-40.6 452 63.8 59.4-68.0
Rural 1,162 403 34.0 30.5-37.7 759 66.0 62.3-69.5
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,174 487 40.0 36.6-43.4 687 60.0 56.6-63.4
Unemployed 157 42 26.2 18.6-35.4 115 73.8 64.6-81.4
Retired 808 356 43.9 39.4-48.5 452 56.1 51.5-60.6
Unable to Work 206 35 21.3 14.4-30.2 171 78.7 69.8-85.6
Other not in Labor Force 221 67 30.7 23.7-38.8 154 69.3 61.2-76.3
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 99 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 256 27 10.0 6.2-15.8 229 90.0 84.2-93.8
101% to 150% 291 63 22.6 16.6-29.9 228 77.4 70.1-83.4
151% to 200% 240 84 36.8 29.1-45.2 156 63.2 54.8-70.9
More than 200% 1,117 604 52.2 48.5-55.9 513 47.8 44.1-51.5
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 774 233 27.7 23.9-31.9 541 72.3 68.1-76.1
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 834 323 38.0 34.0-42.2 511 62.0 57.8-66.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 974 437 42.2 38.5-46.1 537 57.8 53.9-61.5
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 763 356 43.8 39.6-48.2 407 56.2 51.8-60.4
2nd Quartile 675 262 39.3 34.9-43.9 413 60.7 56.1-65.1
3rd Quartile 739 268 33.7 29.6-38.0 471 66.3 62.0-70.4
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 405 107 24.2 19.1-30.2 298 75.8 69.8-80.9

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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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