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 and internal factors.

Missouri is home to an estimated 300,000 cancer survivors. Nationally, 2 out of every 5 people are at risk of developing cancer during their lifetime, with one in five at risk of dying from cancer. In 2016, 32,687 of Missouri’s residents were diagnosed with invasive cancer. This amounted to nearly four new cases of cancer diagnosed every hour of every day.

With an average of 12,685 deaths annually (individuals 45 and older) during 2017-2018, 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: Cancer MICA or Death MICA.

The below links offer screening and prevention information for the six most commonly diagnosed cancers in Missouri. Information about when to begin screening, how often to screen, and how to reduce the risk of developing these cancers can be found.

Bladder Cancer

Breast Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Lung Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Prostate Cancer

An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis through the rest of his or her life. Survivors experience many side effects during and after cancer treatment. These side effects can be physical and emotional. These resources provide tips to improve physical and mental health and prevent cancer recurrence.

The Tips for Healthy Survivorship tip card is available to order free for distribution to cancer survivors and caregivers in your community.

Honor a cancer survivor in your life or share tips to help cancer survivors thrive.

Life Savers - Programs For You!


Live Like Your Life Depends On It

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


Donate Life

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.