Putting our region's cancer needs first


From our latest regional report, released in 2022, we discovered the patterns of cancer most affecting the region of Cheshire compared to the rest of the North West and the country.

Top 5 Areas of Need 

    1. Oesophageal cancer rates in Cheshire are of particular concern, coming back as 33% higher than the national average
    2. Rates of melanoma are 22% higher than the rest of England.
    3. Cheshire has a 20% higher incidence rate of liver cancer than the rest of the country
    4. Incidences of bladder cancer are 20% higher than the national average.
    5. Brain cancer rates are 15% higher in Cheshire than the rest of England.


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Cancer in Cheshire

Cheshire is the most affluent region in the North West, with low levels of deprivation compared to the national average.

Around 36% of the population in Cheshire are employed in managerial, administrative, or professional roles, while 25% have routine or manual occupations. 

Students comprise 7% of the population, while 4% of people in the area are long-term unemployed or have never worked.

The county has a relatively high percentage of older residents. Approximately 36% of the population is over 55, and 10% is over 75. 

Within the region, a varied picture of cancer incidence emerges. Warrington has the lowest cancer incidence within Cheshire at 97% of the national average. However, Cheshire East’s cancer rate per 100,000 people is 10% higher than the national average. Cheshire West and Chester have a cancer incidence 16% higher than the rest of England and 10% higher than the regional average.

The region’s rates spike for several cancers, including oesophageal cancer, which has a 33% higher incidence rate than the national average. 

Melanoma is another cancer afflicting people living in Cheshire, with rates 22% higher than in the rest of the country.

Liver and bladder cancer rates are 20% higher than the national average, and incidences of brain cancer are 15% more prevalent in Cheshire. In addition, lung, trachea and bronchus cancer rates are 14% higher than in the rest of England.

Other cancers with higher incidence rates in Cheshire than in the rest of England include cancer of the pancreas, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer.

In our full report, you can learn more about our research into cancer incidence rates across the North West and North Wales.

Read the report