Cancer diagnosed in region 87 times a day
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.