Local Cancer Statistics explained

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Local Cancer Statistics online tool

Find and compare local statistics and information in the UK by healthboard, Local Authority or postcode.

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Guidence to help you understand the data and for using the online tool.

Understanding the data

The data we use comes from a range of publicly available sources, usually directly from the health system or the government of the country that the location searched for is based in.

Not all data is available for every area breakdown, some data is published at CCG level and some are for Local Authority. Our system automatically choses the most relevant area with data for you.

For example, smoking rates are published by Local Authority, so if you search for a CCG but want to see data on smoking rates for the same area, our system automatically refers you to the Local Authority that your CCG is based in.

Links to the sources of the data are found under each chart.

The data you are looking at is the most recent data that is available to the public.

We have selected the four cancer types that are most commonly diagnosed in the UK. We also include tumour types for which CRUK has had specific campaigns.

Only some of the data we present is available broken down by sex, age, ethnicity or other sub-groups, so to be consistent across indicators we do not present data broken down into smaller sub-groups. A limited selection of the sources of the data we use do allow for breakdown between age, sex etc. and can be found by following the data source link provided under each chart. 

Comparisons of cancer data times is not always possible between countries in the UK due to different definitions and methods of measurement, so comparisons should only be made of areas within each country.

An area may be different to the national average for many reasons. It doesn’t necessarily mean that this is better or worse. For example, areas with a greater older population may have higher incidence of cancer, because age is a key factor in the likelihood of having cancer. The text which accompanies the data explains which part of the health system is responsible for managing performance, and conversations should always be had locally with those who understand local conditions.

The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are known as crown dependencies. They are self-governing and are not included in UK statistics.

Using the online tool

To see a chart with your area compared to all other areas in the country, click on the ‘Detailed view’ button below the chart. Your selected area will be highlighted. You can use a mouse to hover over all other points on the chart to see what areas they represent. 

We estimate how well the measured sample represents the entire population using 95% confidence intervals. The size of the pink rectangle illustrates how large the confidence interval is for the area.

Click on the small printer icon [icon] in the top right corner of the chart you want to print. You will then have the option to send to your printer or to save it as a pdf file.

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