The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based health survey that annually collects information on health conditions, behaviors, preventive practices, and access to health care. BRFSS data are used to identify emerging health problems, establish health objectives and track their progress, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs to address identified problems.

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Percent of Missouri adults living with health conditions

Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Current Asthma 2016 9.9 8.7 11.0
Arthritis 2016 30.6 29.0 32.1
Cancer - other than skin 2016 7.2 6.4 7.9
Skin Cancer 2016 7.5 6.7 8.3
Diabetes 2016 11.5 10.5 12.5
High Blood Pressure 2015 34.1 32.6 35.6
High Cholesterol 2015 37.1 35.4 38.7
Angina or Coronary Heart Disease 2016 4.7 4.1 5.4
Myocardial Infarction or "Heart Attack" 2016 5.0 4.4 5.6
Stroke 2016 4.6 3.9 5.2
Depressive Disorder 2016 21.7 20.1 23.2
COPD 2016 8.7 7.8 9.6
Kidney Disease 2016 3.6 3.0 4.3

Percent of Missouri adults with risk factors

Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Fair or Poor General Health Status 2016 19.0 17.7 20.4
No Health Care Coverage - Ages 18-64 2016 13.8 12.2 15.3
Current Cigarette Smoking 2016 22.1 20.5 23.8
Binge Drinking (Women) 2016 13.5 11.4 15.5
Binge Drinking (Men) 2016 23.6 21.2 26.0
Ate Fruits & Vegetables 5 or more times per day 2015 13.2 12.0 14.3
No Leisure Time Physical Activity in past month 2016 24.9 23.4 26.4
Overweight 2016 35.6 33.8 37.4
Obesity 2016 31.7 29.9 33.4
Did not always wear a seat belt 2016 11.0 9.7 12.2

Percent of Missouri adults engaging in preventive practices

Immunizations in past year Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Influenza - Ages 18 and older 2016 42.5 40.7 44.2
Influenza - Age 65 and older 2016 64.9 62.3 67.5
Pneumococcal - Age 65 and older 2016 75.4 73.1 77.7
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Mammography 2016 77.0 74.5 79.5
Pap Test 2016 64.1 61.7 66.5
Colon Cancer Screening Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Home Blood Stool Test 2016 9.0 7.7 10.3
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy/Colonoscopy 2016 69.1 66.8 71.4
Oral Health Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Visited dentist in past year 2016 61.6 59.8 63.3
Prostate Cancer Screening Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) 2016 43.2 40.1 46.3
General Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Take Folic Acid daily - Females 18-44 2011 34.7 29.0 40.4
HIV/AIDS Test - Ages 18 and older 2016 33.8 31.9 35.6

Note: In 2011, data from interviews with adult cell phone-only users were added to data from landline interviews. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began weighting BRFSS data using a new methodology that is explained in the fact sheet. Therefore, 2011-2016 BRFSS data should not be compared to previous year’s data.

The 2016 Key Findings Report and the 2016 Annual BRFSS Data Report will be available at http://health.mo.gov/data/brfss/data.php in the near future.