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Cancer stats by postcode

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WebMD UK Health News
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks
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19th August 2013 - Cancer Research UK has unveiled a new website that allows anyone to get the latest cancer statistics for local areas and compare it with other areas across the UK.

The new 'Local Cancer Statistics' website provides statistical information on cancer, including incidence, survival and mortality rates in individual areas as well as early diagnosis, screening and smoking statistics. The information is provided by a number of publicly available sources in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Links to the original sources are included to provide further information.

Cancer Research UK plans to keep the site up to date with new information as it becomes available.

Using the Local Cancer Statistics website

The website has been designed as a resource for health professionals, MPs and policy-makers, journalists and anyone with an interest in the state of cancer where they live.

The data in the website is mapped to other geographic levels including by clinical commissioning group, constituency and post code. Local statistics can be compared with the national average or directly with another location.

The website will enable people to get information about factors relevant to cancer survival in one place, so they can compare neighbourhoods against each other as well as with national averages, for example.

Charlotte Williams, executive director at London Cancer, says in a statement: "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."

Reviewed on August 19, 2013

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