Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Pennsylvania, exceeded only by heart disease. 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.
Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan
The 2013 -2018 Pennsylvania Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (Plan) is a statewide blueprint for all sectors of Pennsylvania's public, academic, private, and volunteer, to work together to meet the growing challenge of cancer control.
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.
- 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.