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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:

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Colorectal Cancer Control Program

With funding provided by the CDC, we are working to increase the rates of colorectal cancer screening in Pennsylvania from 63% to 80% by the year 2014.
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.

2013-2018 Pennsylvania Cancer Control Plan 

The 2013-2018 Pennsylvania Cancer Control Plan (Plan) is now available for on-line viewing or download (clickable).  The Plan identifies how individuals and organizations can get involved in integrated and coordinated approaches to reduce the cancer burden and disparities.  The success of this Plan relies on cancer partners' involvement in Plan implementation.  Tell us about what you are doing to help implement the Plan at website.

Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board (CAB)
Annual Report

Cancer Reports

Leading the fight against cancer…learn how the Pennsylvania Department of Health is implementing your Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. 
  Environmental Scan of Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHW) help individuals navigate complex health care systems, access primary and preventive care services, maintain healthy behaviors, and manage chronic conditions in culturally and linguistically relevant ways.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health partnered with the Alliance of Pennsylvania Councils (Alliance) to conduct an environmental scan of CHW models that currently exist in Pennsylvania.  With the use of a survey instrument, Alliance gathered information from approximately 160 organizations that used or potentially used CHW workforce.  The survey instrument included the following seven domains: 1) types of organizations engaging CHWs; 2) use of paid v. volunteer CHWs; 3) target populations for CHW efforts; 4) CHW roles and functions; 5) CHW funding; 6) CHW educational requirements and training programs; and 7) policy systems changes needed to support CHW sustainability.  The report was completed in July 2013.