Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Georgia. In 2021, an estimated 18,000 Georgians died of cancer. The two leading cancer killers in Georgia are lung and colorectal cancers combined (males and females) and about 54,000 Georgians are expected to be newly diagnosed with invasive cancer in 2021.

The most recent five-year state cancer plan,  Download this pdf file. Georgia Cancer Plan: 2019-2024 , was developed by multiple stakeholders from the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium. The plan lays out Georgia’s approach to preventing and controlling cancer.  The plan highlights the following priority areas of action—

  1. Supporting Cancer Prevention Efforts with a focus on HPV prevention
  2. Detecting Cancers Early and Screening Appropriately for Target Cancers
  3. Facilitating Statewide Access to Palliative Care and Support
  4. Improving Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors
  5. Maintaining Excellence in the Diagnosis, Staging, and Treatment of Cancers

Page last updated 11/29/22