Mississippi State Department of Health

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Mississippi, accounting for about one in every five deaths.

On average, each year, about 16,000 new cases are reported and 6,500 people die of cancer in Mississippi.

Most Cancers Are Preventable

What You Can Do

What We're Doing

Comprehensive Cancer Control

The fight against cancer will not be won without a comprehensive approach to coordinate the many cancer control and prevention efforts on the state. MSDH is building a comprehensive, statewide cancer control plan like that in other states. Its goal is to have communities pool resources to encourage healthy lifestyles, promote cancer screenings, and improve cancer care.

Become a Partner

The Mississippi Partnership for Comprehensive Cancer Control (MP3C) is a group of individuals and organizations working together to create a statewide cancer plan and make a difference in the lives of Mississippians. Over 100 members have joined and participate in a coalition of workgroups to create and implement the state comprehensive cancer control plan. You are cordially invited to participate in one of five workgroups that carry this work forward.

Fact Sheets


Reports on Mississippi's Cancer Burden and yearly Cancer Snapshots.

Local Resources

National Organizations

Programs and Planning


Millicent Shelby
Coordinator, MSDH Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Brad Martin
Comprehensive Cancer Control Director

Phone: 601-206-1559

Links referenced
Breast & Cervical Cancer    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,103,html
Cervical Cancer    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,103,558,html
Colorectal Cancer    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,311,html
Cancer Snapshots    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,292,63,html
Mississippi's Cancer Burden    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,6191,292,pdf/MississippiCancerBurden.pdf
Skin cancer: Is it a mole or melanoma?    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,5329,292,86,html
Mississippi Tobacco Quitline    http://www.quitlinems.com/
Amy's story    https://youtu.be/KKRbPe3YTzk?hd=1
James's story    https://youtu.be/MwKhl0-7VPk?hd=1
Kent's story    https://youtu.be/Oe9BzUFTOzI?hd=1
Sam's story    https://youtu.be/F4YrFfP2g_8?hd=1
View full size »    https://youtu.be/F4YrFfP2g_8?hd=1
More about the MSDH Comprehensive Cancer Control program    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,292,61,html
More about the MP3C    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,292,426,html
Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer in Mississippi, 2011-2015    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,7867,292,pdf/Liver_Cancer_in_Mississippi_11_14_2018.pdf
Female Breast Cancer in Mississippi, 2011-2015    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,7866,292,pdf/Female_Breast_Cancer_in_Mississippi_11_14_2018.pdf
Lung and Bronchus Cancer in Mississippi, 2011-2015    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/7948.pdf
Mississippi Cancer Registry    https://www.umc.edu/cancerinstitute/Cancer-Research/Cancer-Registries/Mississippi%20Cancer%20Registry/HOME-PAGE-CONTENT.html
University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute    https://www.umc.edu/cancerinstitute/Home-Page.html
Mississippi Tobacco Quitline    http://quitlinems.com/
American Cancer Society    http://www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute    http://www.cancer.gov/
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)    http://www.ahrq.gov
The Guide to Community Preventive Services ("The Community Guide")    http://www.nnphi.org/CMSuploads/MS2013.pdf
Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-Based Tools)    http://cancercontrolplanet.cancer.gov/
Research Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs)    http://rtips.cancer.gov/rtips/index.do
Millicent.Shelby@msdh.ms.gov    mailto:Millicent.Shelby@msdh.ms.gov
James.Martin@msdh.ms.gov    mailto:James.Martin@msdh.ms.gov

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