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The Macmillan-NCIN Work Plan:

The UK Cancer Prevalence Project

The Macmillan-NCIN UK Cancer Prevalence Project aims to break down, or ‘segment’, information on the UK cancer population so that there is a more granular understanding of them.

Overview of the UK Cancer Prevalence Project

For the first phase of this project, we have produced a spreadsheet with guidance, which provides cancer prevalence data for people diagnosed with cancer over a 20-year period (1991-2010 for England, Scotland and Wales and 1993-2010 for NI). The information provided is for all malignant cancers combined by: time since diagnosis, age, sex, UK, UK constituent country, Strategic Clinical Networks (England only) and deprivation (England only).

Phase two presented a more detailed UK cancer prevalence statistics by a range of variables for up to 47 cancer sites, sex, time since diagnosis, age at end of 2010, and age at diagnosis for UK nations and the UK combined. Local cancer prevalence statistics and prevalence data by deprivation group are also available for each UK nation.

New data is now available: We have now extended this initial work to incorporate more recent data and to estimate complete prevalence - the number of people alive on 31st December 2013 who had been previously diagnosed with cancer. Data is available for all of the UK combined and at country level. A breakdown has also been presented by time since diagnosis, age at diagnosis, sex and cancer type.

UK Cancer Prevalence Project Releases

Below are the releases related to the project, in descending order of release date.

September 2016

June 2015

Other June 2015 Macmillan-NCIN prevalence outputs, hosted on the Macmillan website, on the following webpage:

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Aboutus/Ouresearchandevaluation/Ourresearchpartners/NCIN.aspx

  • Press release: Cancer - not just an old-age disease: New data reveals thousands living with breast, prostate, colorectal or lung cancer who were diagnosed under age of 45
  • Extended data briefing, June 2015:20-year cancer prevalence in England: An increasingly granular understanding of the cancer population
  • Extended data briefing, June 2015:20-year cancer prevalence in Northern Ireland: An increasingly granular understanding of the cancer population
  • Extended data briefing, June 2015:20-year cancer prevalence in Scotland: An increasingly granular understanding of the cancer population
  • Extended data briefing, June 2015:20-year cancer prevalence in Wales: An increasingly granular understanding of the cancer population
  • Conference poster, June 2015: Examining methods to visualise the cancer population using cartograms
  • Conference poster, June 2015: A new way of counting cancer prevalence to understand the prevalence of multiple primaries in the UK
  • Conference poster, June 2015: 20-year cancer prevalence in the UK: exploring variations between short-term and long-term cancer survivors

2013/14

Further information on the Work Plan

To contact us, please email NCINenquiries@phe.gov.uk