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.

In the years to come, cancer will affect approximately three of every four Missouri families. Men have a one in three lifetime risk of developing cancer and one in five risk of dying from cancer. Women have a one in three lifetime risk of developing cancer and one in five risk of dying from cancer.

In 2015, 32,465 of Missouri’s residents were diagnosed with invasive cancer. This amounted to about four new cases of cancer diagnosed every hour of every day.

With an average of 12,537 deaths annually (individuals 45 and older) during 2016-2017, 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 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

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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.