Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer is a chronic disease affecting thousands of Vermonters and is the state's leading cause of death. Nearly one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetime. Each year, over 3,400 Vermonters are diagnosed with cancer, and more than 1,200 Vermonters die from cancer.

The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has a goal to reduce the impact of cancer and has included cancer related indicators/goals as a part of Healthy Vermonters 2020. VDH works with Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC) and many other organizations and individuals through the state to improve cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and support throughout survivorship.

Cancer generally develops gradually from a combination of health risk behaviors, environmental exposures, and genetics. Many cancers are due to factors related to personal behaviors including: tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, physical inactivity, and overexposure to sunlight.

Because many of the risk factors for cancer are shared with those for other chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, we incorporate cancer program activities with other chronic disease prevention and control activities.

Cancer Control in Vermont

Return to Top

Cancer Data and Statistics


Data Briefs

County Level Cancer Fact Sheets


Additional Data

Return to Top

Prevention, Screening and Treatment

Screening & Early Detection

Preventing Future Cancers

Return to Top

Diagnosis and Treatment

Return to Top

Survivorship: Living with, through, and beyond a Cancer Diagnosis

Return to Top

Pain Management and End-of-Life Care

Return to Top

Cancer in the Community and Environment

If You're Concerned about Cancer Rates in Your Community

Return to Top

Environmental Exposures and Cancer

Return to Top