Putting our region's cancer needs first


From our latest regional report, released in January 2020, we discovered the patterns of cancer most affecting the region of Cheshire in comparison to the rest of the North West as well as the country.

Top 5 Areas of Need 

    1. Oesophageal cancer rates in Cheshire are of particular concern, coming back as 26% higher compared to the national average
    2. Liver cancer also indexes highly in Cheshire, at a 24% higher rate than the rest of the country
    3. Cheshire experiences relatively high rates of lung, trachea and bronchus cancers compared to rest of England, with a 16% higher incidence rate
    4. Incidences of bladder cancer are 13% higher in Cheshire than the national average
    5. Stomach cancer is another of concern, with a 7% higher rate in Cheshire compared to the rest of England


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Cancer in Cheshire

Cheshire has the highest proportion of people employed in managerial, administrative, and professional occupations of the North West counties, with a quarter of the population in the AB socio economic group – significantly higher than the rest of the region.

This high proportion of high-earning professionals is matched with the lowest percentage (24%) of people who are unemployed, or in semi or unskilled manual labour roles. The county has a relatively high percentage of older residents; 33% of the population is over 55 years old, with 9% over 75.

Cheshire under-indexes for 12 of the key cancers impacting the region. However, the region’s rates spike for a number of cancers, including oesophageal cancer, which has 26% higher incidence rate than the national average. Liver cancer rates are also 24% higher than the national average, while lung, trachea, and bronchus rates are 16% above average for the country.


Find out more about our research into cancer incidence rates across the North West and North Wales via our full report.

Read the report