Cancer is the second leading cause of death in California. It is estimated that 140,815 people in California will be diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and 54,490 people will die of the disease. Research has shown that there are environmental exposures that are related to some types of cancer.
To help further understand the relationship between cancer and the environment, the California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) is providing data and information to help track cancer in California.
Additional information about cancer is provided in the links below. Select a topic below or use the left side bar to navigate.
- What is Cancer: Cancer is the general name of a large group of diseases characterized by cells that grow out of control and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body..more
- Types of Cancer: There are many types of cancer, named by the part of the body where the abnormal cell growth has begun, regardless of whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body...more
- Who is at Risk: Anyone can get cancer, but some people are at higher risk than others. Age, sex, geographic region, race/ethnicity, and other factors can all influence your cancer risk...more
- Prevention and Treatment: There are many types of treatment available for cancer, although each cancer requires a different type of treatment. Preventative measures involve seeking cancer detection or screening services...more
- Cancer and the Environment: There is concern that environmental factors play a larger role in cancer than has previously been thought...more
- How is it Measured
- Cancer Classification: Cancer categories were defined using the International Classification of Disease for Oncology, Third Edition, 2000 (ICD-O-3)...more
- Data Sources and Limitations: When using cancer data, it's important to understand where the data comes from, how the data are calculated, and what are the limitations...more
- Where to Find Data: CEHTP is one of many sources that provide data and information on cancer...more
- Cancer Resources: here are many state, federal, and non-governmental cancer resources available...more
- Metadata / Data FAQs