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Incidence data records the number of new cases of cancer diagnosed in your area, within a specific timeframe.
Why look at incidence rate?
This data is important to monitor as higher than average incidence rates could:
- indicate potential risk factors in your area
- allow local health leaders to assess whether targeted prevention and public health programmes are needed.
Using the data
These data are age-standardised, which means that the statistics are adjusted to take into account the age range of the population in question, making it fairer to compare one area to another.
It is also useful to look at this data alongside prevalence data which counts the number of people still alive who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past. Cancer prevalence reflects trends in cancer incidence, mortality and survival, as well as advances in cancer treatment and detection, and the ageing of the population.
You can find cancer prevalence data, including projected 20-year cancer prevalence for your CCG by using the Local Cancer Intelligence Tool.Close