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 for calculating attributable risk.
Information on the methodology for calculating lifetime risk.
Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's 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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