Cancer in the North West

Cancer incidence and cancer-related mortality are major problems in England’s North West. The Region’s averages for the number of people developing and succumbing to cancer are significantly higher than those of the remaining parts of the UK.

Liverpool has been identified by Public Health England as one of the three most cancer stricken cities in England, while cancer mortality in Merseyside and Cheshire is 76% higher than the European average.

Life expectancy in some areas of the UK’s North West is approximately 10-15 years less than the UK average, and uptake for screening programmes for bowel, breast and cervical cancers is lower than many other places in the country.

Every year in Liverpool, around 40% of all cancer cases are diagnosed by doctors in the A&E Department. In these cases the cancer is usually advanced and can be more difficult to treat.

However, there is some good news! More people are surviving cancer than ever before. In fact, cancer survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years as a result of improvements in cancer treatments and diagnosis.

Whilst such facts are encouraging, there's still a lot of work to do to help reduce the number of people developing and losing their lives to the numerous cancer types.

Read about the world class, lifesaving research we’re doing at the Centre, and see how you can help us improve understanding of cancers in general.