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UK-wide cancer statistics available

Figures for cancer diagnosis and survival have been revealed online by a leading cancer charity.  

Cancer Research UK's new website allows users to search by post code, constituency, local authority of healthcare area. 

Local Cancer Statistics has revealed a regional cancer divide. Cities in the north of England have some of the lowest survival rates. 

The charity hopes that the site can be used as a resource for healthcare professionals, MPs and policy-makers. 

The website also allows for areas to be compared against each other, with separate data for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Charlotte Williams, executive director at London Cancer, said: “Cancer Research UK's Local Cancer Statistics mean health professionals, commissioners and those interested in public health can get information about factors relevant to cancer survival in one place, and can compare neighbourhoods against national averages, and each other. 

“This means it's easier to identify where we're doing well, and where we could do better, and how we could potentially learn from others. This will pinpoint where we need to improve to help ensure everyone gets the best care possible.”

Sara Hiom, director of patient engagement and early diagnosis at Cancer Research UK, said: “In the UK we are privileged to have access to valuable information about cancer diagnosis and treatments for different parts of the country. And Cancer Research UK is well placed to add valuable context and insight to such data to make it more useful for busy people.”