Cancer Division

ADPH’s Cancer Division helps to lead efforts in order to ease the burden of cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States; however, a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Cancer can be treatable and even preventable. Prevention is the best way to fight cancer. Eating nutritious foods and being physically active can help prevent overweight or obesity, which may reduce a person’s risk of certain cancers related to excess body weight. This website provides information and resources on what cancer is, how to prevent cancer, and what to do after receiving a cancer diagnosis. The information and the materials are designed to educate and inform health professionals, policy makers, the media, and the public about cancer prevention and control.

Vision Statement: Citizens of Alabama will live long and healthy lives untouched by cancer.

Mission Statement: Implement programs in Alabama that will reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality related to cancer through prevention, early detection, and surveillance.

National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month which is represented by a purple ribbon. It's a great time to take action and become an active participant in your own health care to help improve your quality of life. 

As part of cancer awareness and prevention efforts, a new study from the American Cancer Society found that about 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths in the United States are linked to modifiable risk factors. Therefore, making positive lifestyle changes can decrease your risk of developing cancer. 

It is never too late to start living a healthier life!

Cancer prevention tips:

  • Avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Beware of carcinogens
  • Maintain a healthy weight with diet and exercise
  • Get vaccinated
  • Get regular recommended screenings



Page last updated: February 13, 2020