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Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Pennsylvania, exceeded only by heart disease. Over 28,500 Pennsylvanians died of the disease in 2005. More than 75,000 Pennsylvanians are diagnosed every year. Adopting healthier lifestyles - for example, avoiding tobacco use, increasing physical activity, achieving optimal weight, improving nutrition, and avoiding excessive sun exposure - can significantly reduce a person's risk for cancer. 

Pennsylvania Department of Health Features:  

HealthyWoman Program 

HealthyWoman Program/Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program 

Provides free mammograms, breast exams, Pap tests, pelvic exams, and treatment to eligible women ages 40-64 who are low income and have limited or no insurance.

Cancer Control Plan 


Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (Plan) 

The 2013 -2018 Pennsylvania Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (Plan) is a statewide blueprint for all sectors of Pennsylvania�public, academic, private, and volunteer, to work together to meet the growing challenge of cancer control. Click here to download the plan or to order copies, click here.


Prostate Cancer Task Force Report

 In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Health assembled a task force of prostate health experts in public health and the medical community to address the complicated issues and challenges for prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men.  While there are varying views on screening for prostate cancer, the report of the Prostate Cancer Task Force provides recommendations to the Department and General Assembly on the full spectrum from information and education to disease surveillance to medical and quality of life services to insurance coverage for such services. 

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2015-2016 Cancer Annual Report.pdf

Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board's 
2015-2016 Annual Report of cancer actvities. 

Annual Report 

2014-2015 Cancer Annual Report

Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board's 

2014-2015 Annual Report of cancer actvities. 

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The Burden Of Cancer in Pennsylvania Report

The Burden of Cancer in Pennsylvania is a statistical report on the incidence, mortality, behavioral risks and the cost of cancer in Pennsylvania. This report shows how cancer affects different genders, ethnic and racial groups across Pennsylvania.  It addresses the cancers of bladder, breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, melanoma, prostate, and thyroid.