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.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates 35,520 new cases of cancer in MO in 2018.
Smoking is estimated to cause 32 percent of all cancer deaths.
Maps, Charts, Graphs and Tables
- Missouri's Cancer Registry Data
- InstantAtlas Double Map (Interactive map that provides correlations between indicators)
- InstantAtlas Area Profile (Interactive map that provides comprehensive county overviews)
- National Cancer Institute State Cancer Profiles (Interactive maps)
- The Burden of Cancer in Missouri, A Comprehensive Analysis and Plan, 2016-2020
- Cancer and Tobacco Use
- CDC – Cancer Prevention and Control
- CDC Tracking Network – Cancer
- National Cancer Institute
- CDC - National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
- NAACCR Quick Cancer Stats Maps
- Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) - Cancer Stat Fact Sheets
- Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)
- EPA Radiogenic Cancer Risk Models and Projections for the U.S. Population