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:
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/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.
Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (Plan)
The Pennsylvania Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (Plan), which was released in January 2004, 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.
Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board (CAB)
Leading the fight against cancer…learn how the Pennsylvania Department of Health is implementing your Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.