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
-MALES 2,050 688 32.1 29.6-34.6 1,362 67.9 65.4-70.4
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 1,283 515 37.5 34.4-40.7 768 62.5 59.3-65.6
Non-Hispanic Black 358 92 27.5 21.9-33.8 266 72.5 66.2-78.1
Other 60 13 15.9 8.7-27.3 47 84.1 72.7-91.3
AGE
18-34 397 71 18.1 14.0-23.0 326 81.9 77.0-86.0
35-44 295 84 33.0 26.7-40.1 211 67.0 59.9-73.3
45-54 358 121 34.0 28.3-40.2 237 66.0 59.8-71.7
55-64 387 157 41.2 35.5-47.3 230 58.8 52.7-64.5
65-74 371 154 39.4 33.3-45.8 217 60.6 54.2-66.7
75+ 211 86 39.2 31.4-47.7 125 60.8 52.3-68.6
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 215 17 9.3 5.3-15.8 198 90.7 84.2-94.7
H.S. or G.E.D. 567 109 20.8 16.9-25.4 458 79.2 74.6-83.1
Some Post-H.S. 532 178 35.0 30.2-40.1 354 65.0 59.9-69.8
College Graduate 725 380 53.0 48.8-57.3 345 47.0 42.7-51.2
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 96 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 275 35 12.9 8.6-19.1 240 87.1 80.9-91.4
$25,000- 34,999 174 36 16.6 10.6-25.1 138 83.4 74.9-89.4
$35,000- 49,999 218 62 27.4 20.8-35.1 156 72.6 64.9-79.2
$50,000- 74,999 298 118 38.6 32.2-45.5 180 61.4 54.5-67.8
$75,000+ 645 331 50.1 45.6-54.7 314 49.9 45.3-54.4
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 593 175 26.8 22.6-31.5 418 73.2 68.5-77.4
No 1,447 511 34.3 31.4-37.3 936 65.7 62.7-68.6
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 485 193 36.3 31.1-41.8 292 63.7 58.2-68.9
Non-Veteran 1,561 494 31.0 28.3-33.9 1,067 69.0 66.1-71.7
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 613 223 34.9 30.6-39.5 390 65.1 60.5-69.4
Regional City or Suburban County 548 194 34.1 29.5-39.1 354 65.9 60.9-70.5
Rural 889 271 28.2 24.6-32.0 618 71.8 68.0-75.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,227 409 32.7 29.7-35.9 818 67.3 64.1-70.3
Unemployed 106 21 20.2 12.0-31.9 85 79.8 68.1-88.0
Retired 501 212 41.2 35.7-46.8 289 58.8 53.2-64.3
Unable to Work 153 32 19.0 12.6-27.7 121 81.0 72.3-87.4
Other not in Labor Force 53 *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 36 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 173 19 14.0 8.0-23.5 154 86.0 76.5-92.0
101% to 150% 213 39 17.3 11.7-24.9 174 82.7 75.1-88.3
151% to 200% 164 36 18.6 12.6-26.5 128 81.4 73.5-87.4
More than 200% 1,104 496 43.9 40.5-47.4 608 56.1 52.6-59.5
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 582 178 28.2 23.7-33.1 404 71.8 66.9-76.3
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 641 196 28.1 24.1-32.4 445 71.9 67.6-75.9
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 827 314 37.3 33.4-41.3 513 62.7 58.7-66.6
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 639 237 35.6 31.3-40.1 402 64.4 59.9-68.7
2nd Quartile 515 170 31.5 26.9-36.5 345 68.5 63.5-73.1
3rd Quartile 580 186 30.6 26.2-35.4 394 69.4 64.6-73.8
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 316 95 27.6 21.7-34.5 221 72.4 65.5-78.3

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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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