Cancer incidence varies widely across England, figures show

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3792
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The North West has England’s highest incidence of cancer and London the lowest, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics show.

The average age standardised cancer incidence in England in 2013 was 601 cases per 100 000 people, but there was wide regional variation: the rate was 11.5% higher in the North West than in London.

The North West’s incidence was 636.6 per 100 000. Above average rates were also found in the North East (633.3), Yorkshire and the Humber (616.6), the South West (604.1), and the West Midlands (602.9). London had the lowest incidence of cancer at 571.0 cases per 100 000, followed by the …

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