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Cancer Prevalence

Cancer Prevalence counts the number of people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis at a fixed point in time.

There are different ways to measure cancer prevalence - a summary of the different methods is available here. The following dashboard and data workbook provides figures for observed (or limited duration) cancer prevalence in England.

Cancer prevalence is a product of both cancer incidence and survival and should be interpreted with these factors in mind, especially if making comparisons across different cancer types or populations. For example, a cancer with high incidence of new diagnoses but poor survival outcomes could have similar prevalence to a less common cancer type that has higher survival rates.

These data are updated annually.

Please click here to download the data workbook.