Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it may result in death. Most types of cancer cells form a lump or mass called a tumor and are named after the part of the body where the tumor originates. Cancer is caused by both external factors (for example, tobacco, chemicals, radiation and infectious organisms) and internal factors (for example, hormones, immune conditions and genetic mutations).  The Burden of Cancer in Missouri - A comprehensive analysis and plan can answer many questions regarding cancer in Missouri and activities to address it.

In the years to come, cancer will affect approximately three of every four Missouri families. About two in five Missourians will eventually develop cancer. Nationally, men have a little less than a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the lifetime risk of developing cancer is a little more than one in three.

In 2006, 28,561 of Missouri’s residents were diagnosed with invasive cancer. This amounted to more than three new cases of cancer diagnosed every hour of every day.  

With an average of 12,406 deaths annually during 2005-2007, cancer is second only to heart disease, as a leading cause of death among adult Missourians.  Specific cancer data for Missouri and for individual counties can be accessed at: BRFSS or Cancer MICA.

The Missouri Cancer Plan to reduce the burden of cancer.

What You Can Do to help achieve the Cancer Plan goals and objectives

Progress in Cancer Prevention and Control
Where are we with the Missouri State Plan?

Resources and Information for the Top Ten Cancer Types in Missouri:

Additional Cancer Resources:

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Live Like Your Life Depends On It
Information and resources to help Missourians live longer and healthier lives.

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Organ & Tissue Donation
Learn how to join the Missouri organ and tissue donor registry.

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Show Me Healthy Women
Early detection saves lives. Get breast and cervical cancer screenings.


Get access to health screenings and lifestyle education that can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Missouri Tobacco Quitline
Access to counseling, information and referrals for smokers who want to quit using tobacco.