Cancer in Pennsylvania

In 2017, cancer was the second leading cause of death in Pennsylvania and one of the leading chronic diseases affecting adults. In 2015, the incidence rate was 10.5 percent and the mortality rate was 4.5 percent higher than the national average. While Pennsylvania’s cancer incidence and mortality rates have decreased since 2000, both rates are higher than the national average. For data on cancer, reference the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Enterprise Data Dissemination Informatics Exchange (EDDIE) tool and also read the Cancer Burden Report.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (Department) is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to prevent and manage cancer, funded in part by state appropriations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The overarching goal of the Department is to eliminate the burden of cancer on Pennsylvanians. To achieve this, the Department established the goals of reducing the rate of cancer mortality and increasing screening rates to detect breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer.