The number of new cases of cancer in England continues to rise and in 2014 there were 296,863 cancers registered, an equivalent to 813 per day.
More cancers were registered in males (150,832) than females (146,031). Across the majority of cancer sites more males are diagnosed with cancer than females. This is a persistent feature of the data, reported in previous registration years.
The age-standardised incidence rates for newly diagnosed cancers were 670.8 per 100,000 people for males and 546.1 per 100,000 people for females. The rate takes into account the different age structures between males and females.
Breast (15.6%), prostate (13.4%), lung (12.6%) and colorectal (11.5%) cancer continue to account for over half of the malignant cancer registrations in England for all ages combined.
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This is the first release of 2014 cancer registration data, publishing Table 1 and Table 2 of the statistical bulletin titled “Cancer Registration Statistics, England (Series MB1)", which will be published in full later this year (May 2016). This release contains cancer registration counts (Table 1) and incidence rates (Table 2) for males and females in England, broken down by 5-year age groups and by cancer type (site).
In order to further increase the timeliness of cancer registration statistics, the first release of 2014 data has been introduced following customer and stakeholder feedback. There has been no compromise in statistical accuracy, as all cancer registrations have been confirmed and verified by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service in Public Health England. The production of the first release of cancer registration statistics followed the validation and processing steps used to quality assure the “Cancer Registration Statistics, England (Series MB1)" bulletin. These steps are outlined in Cancer Registration Statistics Quality and Methodology Information paper (189.7 Kb Pdf)3.Back to table of contents
Cancer incidence (number of cancer cases registered) data allow policy makers to measure the extent of cancer within the population in England. Cancer incidence data is used alongside cancer prevalence, mortality and survival to allow policy makers to determine the burden of cancer in England.
Cancer incidence data directly helps to form policy on the prevention of cancer. It is also important in calculating cancer survival (in conjunction with mortality data) which is then used to determine a number of policy streams within government and also monitor a number of performance indicators for the English health care system. The indicators set for the NHS Outcomes Framework4 include 1- and 5-year cancer survival indicators for all cancers combined and for colorectal, breast and lung cancers combined. These survival estimates are calculated from the cancer incidence data.Back to table of contents
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