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Release: Cancer Statistics Registrations, England (Series MB1), No. 43, 2012

Released: 19 June 2014


Emma Gordon

Cancer and End of Life Care

Telephone: +44 (0) 1633 455866

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Conditions and Diseases, Cancer

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England

Geographical breakdown: Other

  • The three most common cancers for men in 2012 remained prostate (25.9%), lung (13.6%) and colorectal (13.4%).

  • The three most common cancers for women in 2012 remained breast (30.9%), lung (11.9%) and colorectal (10.9%).

  • Liver cancer incidence has increased by 70% for males and 60% for females from 2003 to 2012. This is now the 18th most common cancer in England.

  • Malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, has increased by 78% among males and 48% among females from 2003 to 2012. This is now the fifth most common cancer in England.

  • Cancer incidence was more than 5% higher than expected in the north of England (North East and North West), and more than 5% lower than expected in London.

This publication presents data for England on those patients who were diagnosed with cancer during 2012 and whose registrations were received at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) by the end of February 2014. This is the first time that ONS has published 2012 statistics on cancer incidence in England.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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