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Cancer inequalities and ethnicity

Inequality statistics by sex and by ethnicity are presented here. 

The excess burden of cancer in men in the UK

In general men are at significantly greater risk than women from nearly all of the common cancers that occur in both sexes, with the exception of breast cancer. A report on the burden in men is now available (a revision of a report originally produced by Cancer Research UK, the National Cancer Intelligence Network, Leeds Metropolitan University and the Men’s Health Forum in 2009).

The latest statistics on the overall burden of cancer among males in the UK is presented, along with an outline of the extent of the differences between the sexes.

The report explores the inequalities though core incidence and mortality statistics, male-specific cancers, death rate ratios, survival at one-, five- and ten-year intervals, incidence rate ratios, and lifetime risk.

All figures and calculations in this report are based on data prepared for or complied by Cancer Research UK’s Statistical information Team in January 2013. 

To reference this report we recommend the following citation format:

Cancer Research UK, Men’s Health Forum and NCIN (2013). Cancer Statistics Report – The Excess Burden of cancer in Men in the UK. London: Cancer Research UK.

To see the original article for the 2009 report: White AK, et al. Men’s Health and the Excess Burden of Cancer in Men. Eur Urol Suppl 2010;9(3):467-470.

An overview of the cancers affecting men (in terms of incidence, mortality and survival), a discussion of causes and prevention and Cancer Research UK’s work in these areas is presented in our new briefing on men’s cancers.

To reference this report we recommend the following citation format:

Cancer Research UK (2013). Men’s Cancer Briefing. London: Cancer Research UK.

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Cancer incidence and survival by major ethnic group

Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Intelligence Network have presented a national picture of cancer and ethnicity in England using data from the Cancer Registries and Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) in a joint report in 2009, which was the first analysis of cancer incidence and survival by major ethnic group and reviewed all cases of cancer diagnosed in England between 2002 and 2006.

The report found that while people from the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups are at a lower risk overall from cancer than the White population, the report highlights the increased risk of certain cancers in the Asian and Black ethnic groups. The report also shows that the Asian and Black women have lower survival than the White ethnic group for females diagnosed with breast cancer aged under 65 years.

The report aimed to help to shape policy on targeting relevant public health messages to the ethnic communities around the signs and symptoms of cancer and be useful for healthcare commissioners to decide how best to spend their budget in areas with large ethnic groups.

To reference this report we recommend the following format:

National Cancer Intelligence Network and Cancer Research UK (2009). Cancer Incidence and Survival by Major Ethnic Group, England 2002-2006.

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Updated: 7 June 2010