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. Statistically, one person out of three will get a form of cancer in the course of their life. Overall, national cancer mortality rates have been declining for 20 years. While the cancer incidence rate in Missouri is lower than the national average, the death rate is higher.

Screening and early detections are important for detecting disease at an early and treatable stage. For breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, screening is also a preventive measure. More information is available from the department's Bureau of Cancer and Chronic Disease Control, at (573) 522-2841.

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