Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start.
Florida has the second highest cancer burden in the nation. As of 2011, cancer is now the leading cause of death for Floridians, surpassing heart disease. In the three year period from 2009-2011, the total number of cancer deaths was 122,921.
There’s an average of 100,000 new cancers diagnosed and reported each year to the statewide cancer registry, the Florida Cancer Data System. Visit the Cancer Registry page for more information regarding the Florida Cancer Registry.
According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately one third of the most common cancers are due to lifestyles – poor diet, obesity, and lack of physical activity.
The 10 most common or most receptive to prevention and early detection cancer sites include: breast, cervical, childhood, colorectal, lung, lymphoma, oral and pharyngeal, ovarian, prostate and melanoma of the skin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide funding for cancer programs to address breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. For information on these cancer types and the state programs to address them, visit the links below:
For information on screening recommendations, please visit the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
For information on other cancers, please visit the following organizations' websites: