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Key findings (Published July 2015)
(Important please note: read this section in conjunction with the Wirral Right Care pack for Cancer (May 2016) 

  • 1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime

  • Cancer causes 1 in 4 deaths every year in Wirral

  • Lung cancer continues to be the most common cause of death in both males and females in Wirral. Death rates in males were 20% higher than the national average and in females, they were 30% higher. Smoking is the main risk factor for lung cancer

  • The economic cost of cancer has been estimated at £15.8bn for the UK, which would equate to around £93.5million per annum for Wirral

  • In Wirral breast, lung, bowel and prostate cancer account for half of all new cancers diagnosed

  • The two most commonly diagnosed cancers in Wirral are prostate and lung (in men) and breast and lung (in women)

  • Breast cancer incidence has increased by 40% since 1993. New cases of lung cancer in woman are continuing to rise, with rates 30% higher in Wirral than the national average

  • Rates of lung cancer in men are showing signs of improvement with a 25% reduction in new cases since 1993. However cases diagnosed via emergency presentation are a third higher in Wirral than the national average

  • Historical data on cancer deaths for the EU region (1970-2009)  predicted the numbers of deaths in women from lung cancer will continue to increase and it may become the most common cancer amongst women by 2040

  • Deaths in those aged under 75 years from cancer (classed as premature mortality) have reduced by more than a third (36%) since 1993 (up to 2012)

  • Deaths from breast cancer accounted for 14% of all Wirral cancer deaths in 2012

  • More than two in three people diagnosed with cancer survive beyond the first year after diagnosis

  • Almost half (46%) of all people diagnosed with cancer now survive for at least 5 years and 92% rated their cancer care as either excellent or very good

  • Wirral’s breast screening coverage is slightly higher than the national average at 77% in 12/13

  • Bowel screening uptake is 53%% within the Merseyside & North Cheshire Screening Centre (M&NCSC) area (2012/13). The national target is 60%

  • Cervical screening coverage was better in older women (50-64) compared to younger women in Wirral in 2010/11 

Cancer chapter (July 2015)

Other local data sources

Further information

National Cancer Intelligence Network Cancer and equality groups (2015)
This third edition key metrics report builds on previous reports to give a picture of differences between groups in diagnosis, care and outcomes. Although there have been gains in cancer survival, the report highlights stark health inequalities in cancer.

Geographic Patterns of Cancer Survival in England, Adults diagnosed 2004 to 2008 and followed up to 2013 

Office for National Statistics (May 2015) 
(Overview) (Data)
This release highlighted some Cancer survival statistics in Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral Local Area Team for colon cancer that were below the England average. 

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