2020 BRFSS Survey Results: Western 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
-Western 716 242 30.4 26.6-34.6 474 69.6 65.4-73.4
GENDER
Male 307 97 27.9 22.6-33.9 210 72.1 66.1-77.4
Female 409 145 32.8 27.4-38.7 264 67.2 61.3-72.6
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 591 220 32.5 28.3-37.0 371 67.5 63.0-71.7
Non-Hispanic Black 28 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other 97 17 19.4 11.2-31.3 80 80.6 68.7-88.8
AGE
18-34 115 13 10.6 6.0-18.0 102 89.4 82.0-94.0
35-44 86 *** *** *** *** *** ***
45-54 105 36 31.1 22.2-41.7 69 68.9 58.3-77.8
55-64 130 49 37.1 28.1-47.2 81 62.9 52.8-71.9
65-74 158 72 39.6 30.7-49.3 86 60.4 50.7-69.3
75+ 106 *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 89 *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 194 41 22.3 15.3-31.3 153 77.7 68.7-84.7
Some Post-H.S. 206 70 31.8 25.1-39.4 136 68.2 60.6-74.9
College Graduate 225 122 54.2 46.8-61.5 103 45.8 38.5-53.2
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 257 73 24.7 18.9-31.5 184 75.3 68.5-81.1
No 459 169 33.5 28.5-38.9 290 66.5 61.1-71.5
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 78 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 638 214 30.8 26.6-35.2 424 69.2 64.8-73.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 347 111 29.9 24.5-36.0 236 70.1 64.0-75.5
Unemployed 31 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 224 100 39.9 32.3-48.0 124 60.1 52.0-67.7
Unable to Work 55 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 57 *** *** *** *** *** ***
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 55 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 121 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$25,000- 34,999 66 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 102 35 25.4 17.8-34.7 67 74.6 65.3-82.2
$50,000- 74,999 86 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 157 84 50.5 41.4-59.6 73 49.5 40.4-58.6
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 14 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 80 *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 90 *** *** *** *** *** ***
151% to 200% 71 *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 325 155 43.2 37.0-49.6 170 56.8 50.4-63.0
HOUSING
Own 512 211 35.7 30.9-40.7 301 64.3 59.3-69.1
Rent 159 24 12.0 7.7-18.1 135 88.0 81.9-92.3
Other arrangement 41 *** *** *** *** *** ***
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Regional City or Suburban County 224 94 41.5 34.4-49.0 130 58.5 51.0-65.6
Rural 492 148 26.4 21.9-31.4 344 73.6 68.6-78.1
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 149 40 19.6 13.9-27.0 109 80.4 73.0-86.1
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 259 79 29.6 22.7-37.5 180 70.4 62.5-77.3
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 308 123 37.6 31.6-44.0 185 62.4 56.0-68.4
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 389 153 37.5 32.0-43.2 236 62.5 56.8-68.0
2nd Quartile 129 36 23.0 14.9-33.9 93 77.0 66.1-85.1
3rd Quartile 198 53 23.4 17.0-31.3 145 76.6 68.7-83.0

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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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