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As many as one in two people who are currently between the ages of 18 and 65 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, with breast, prostate, lung and colorectal remaining the most common sites. Cancer is the highest cause of death in England in under 75s and contributes significantly to the gap in life expectancy between County Durham and England.

Factsheet: Cancer (PDF, 963kb)

Health Equity Audit: Cancer Health Equity Audit for County Durham 2017

Key messages

  • The number of people living with cancer in County Durham is rising. In 2015/16 there were almost 15,000 people living with cancer which is equivalent to just under 3% of the GP registered population.
  • The rate of new cancer cases is increasing for females but decreasing for males.
  • Premature cancer mortality has been reducing over time for men and women. Despite these reductions, premature mortality rates remain significantly and consistently higher in County Durham than England.

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