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Cancer stats explained

Information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are presented here.

Information and explanations

Terminology and explanations of the statistical calculations used to create cancer statistics. 

Information on the methodology used to create cancer incidence projections and cancer mortality projections.

Information on the methodology for calculating lifetime risk.

Terminology for cancer screening which supplement the breast screening statistics, cervical screening statistics and bowel screening statistics.

About this data

The latest data available and specifics about the counting and coding of the data for each cancer is given on its landing page in the Types of Cancer section.


We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data. 

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Updated: 31 October 2013