Putting our region's cancer needs first


Our 2022 regional report highlights key patterns of cancer across the North West. In Conwy, we found the highest incidence rate of cancer across all six North Wales counties.

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    1. Our research found that Conwy ranked higher than the Welsh average for 25 of the 37 cancers referenced
    2. The rates of bladder cancer in Conwy were found to be 76% higher than the national average
    3. Meanwhile, testicular cancer was also found to be overindexed, at 73% higher than the national average
    4. Incidences of acute myeloid leukaemia are 67% higher in Conwy than the rest of Wales
    5. Conwy also recorded highly for melanoma, with an average rate 54% higher than the rest of Wales


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Cancer in Conwy

Conwy is the county with the oldest population surveyed, with 13% of its residents aged over 75. This also boosts its population of over 55s to 41% - the highest proportion of this age group in North Wales.

Conwy has one of the smallest populations of 18 to 34 year olds in the region at 16%. Conwy’s population includes a high proportion (29%) of residents employed in supervisory, clerical and administrative roles. The county also has a high number of residents who are unemployed or in semi-skilled or unskilled manual roles – with 28% of people falling in this category.

The county over-indexes on 25 out of the 37 key cancers surveyed. Although the county does not have the highest overall incidence rate, there are a number of key cancers where it over-indexes significantly. Rates of bladder cancer in Conwy are particularly high, with an average rate that is 76% higher than the national average.

Conwy is also one of three North Wales counties that over-index for testicular cancer, with rates 73% higher than the national average.


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

Read the report