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Cancer Prevention and Control

Working to Address Cancer in Oregon

Cancer is a complex and often deadly disease that has no single cause or simple cure. As a state, we currently address cancer through a variety of approaches that include cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship.

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Featured Publications


Neighborhood Cancer Rate Evaluation: Elevated Environmental Heavy Metal Levels SE and North Portland, Multnomah County, OR, 1999–2013

The Oregon Health Authority has published its analyses of cancer rates for the past 15 years in neighborhoods surrounding glass companies in southeast and north Portland. Analyses were done in five-year increments for the years 1999 through 2013.

Download Neighborhood Cancer Rate Evaluation (pdf)

Understanding Cancer Rate Analyses (pdf)


5-Year Strategic Plan (2012-2017)

The 5-Year Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) Strategic Plan tackles chronic disease prevention with a comprehensive, community-wide approach to help people eat better, move more, live tobacco free, and take care of themselves. This means achieving better health, better care, and lower health care costs for all Oregonians.

Download the HPCDP Strategic Plan (pdf)


Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-Related Cancers: Assessment of prevention programs, policies and measure

Recommendations for HPV prevention and cancer control, report to the Oregon State Legislature, September 1, 2014

This report was prepared by the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division as required by Senate Bill 722a passed by the 2013 Oregon Legislature to address concerns about an increase in HPV-related cancers among Oregonians.

Executive Summary (pdf)

Full Report (pdf)

Colorectal cancer - The cancer YOU can preventcolon cancer screening

Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer.
But it doesn't have to be.

Screening can prevent colorectal cancer or catch it when it is highly treatable. Too few men and women in Oregon are getting screened. There are several reliable screening tests; some cost as little as $25 and all are covered by insurance. Get screened....then tell a friend to!

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ScreenWisewoman smiling

ScreenWise is a statewide network of providers offering breast cancer, cervical cancer and heart disease screenings and diagnostic services to low income women living in Oregon. The ScreenWise mission is to reduce breast cancer, cervical cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases by promoting early detection, screening, and risk reduction support.

Participants seeking information about family history collection and genetic conditions will be connected to the Oregon Genetics Program.

Patients diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer may be eligible for treatment through the State Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP), regardless of whether they were enrolled in ScreenWise when they were diagnosed. Call OHP at 800-699-9075 for further information regarding BCCTP.

Patients: Call 211 for patient assistance information and referral.

Providers: If you are a provider seeking information about ScreenWise, please call the 211 Provider Line to speak with a ScreenWise Specialist at (971) 277-6816.

Need help to quit smoking?Smokefree Oregon logo

  • Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)
  • Español: 1-877-2NO FUME (1-877-266-3863)
  • TTY: 1-877-777-6534

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Want to make your workplace healthy?Wellness@Work logo

Wellness at Work is a public-private partnership that aspires to reach more than one million Oregonians with workplace policies and programs that support employees to eat healthier, move more, quit tobacco, and use the kinds of health care that will improve and sustain their health.

Included at this site are:

  • A free worksite assessment
  • Steps to building a culture of health
  • Model policies for making your workplace tobacco free, and more

Learn more at

Need help living well as a cancer survivor?Living Well logo

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic health conditions including cancer. Through weekly sessions, the workshop provides support and tools for managing stress, medications, communication with your health care providers, and more.

To find a workshop near you:

Call 1-888-576-7414 or visit

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