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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. ​


  • 2019-2023 Pennsylvania Cancer Control Plan
    The 2019-2023 Pennsylvania Cancer Control Plan (Cancer Plan) is a guide for the many organizations, institutions and agencies working in cancer control to prevent the disease, improve early diagnosis, treat all cancer patients with the most appropriate and effective therapies, and improve cancer survivors’ quality of life. The Cancer Plan guides statewide efforts for five years to ensure that resources from state, federal and other sources are targeted to make the greatest impact on Pennsylvania’s cancer burden.

  • 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.
  • 2018-2019 Cancer Annual Report Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board's 2018-2019 Annual Report of cancer activities.

  • 2017-2018 Cancer Annual Report Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board's 2017-2018 Annual Report of cancer activities.

  • 2015-2016 Cancer Annual Report Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board's 2015-2016 Annual Report of cancer activities.
  • 2014-2015 Cancer Annual Report
    Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board's 2014-2015 Annual Report of cancer activities.
  • The Burden Of Cancer in Pennsylvania Report - August 2019
    This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the burden of cancer in Pennsylvania. It lists disparities and the harms of cancer for policy makers, program administrators, business and industry leaders, and the citizens of the commonwealth.
  • The Burden Of Cancer in Pennsylvania Report - 2015
    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.