Can­cer di­ag­nosed in re­gion 87 times a day

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

EIGHTY-SEVEN peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with can­cer ev­ery day in the West Mid­lands, new fig­ures re­veal.

There were 16,497 cases of can­cer di­ag­nosed in men and 15,192 in women in the re­gion in 2016, ac­cord­ing to the new­est fig­ures, a to­tal of 31,689 new cases, ex­clud­ing di­ag­noses for non-melanoma skin can­cers, the equiv­a­lent of 87 a day. The most com­mon types of can­cer reg­is­tered were breast can­cer in women, 4,678 cases, prostate can­cer in men, 4,344 cases, and col­orec­tal can­cer in men, 2,156 cases.

There are also re­gional vari­a­tions in how likely peo­ple are to be di­ag­nosed with some types of can­cer. Women in the re­gion are twice as likely to be di­ag­nosed with thy­roid can­cer as women in the East Mid­lands, with 9.2 cases per 100,000 women in 2016, com­pared to 5.5 new cases in the East Mid­lands.

For ev­ery 100 cases of can­cer di­ag­nosed in men in 2016, there were 48 deaths, while for women there were 45 deaths for ev­ery 100 di­ag­noses. How­ever, these fig­ures are likely to in­clude the deaths of peo­ple di­ag­nosed be­fore 2016.

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