Putting our region's cancer needs first

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester appears to have the lowest overall cancer incidence rates in the North West according to our 2022 regional report, along with the lowest numbers of cancers recorded.

Top 5 Areas of Need 

  1. Greater Manchester has a 28% higher incidence rate liver cancer than the rest of England
  2. The rate of lung, trachea and bronchus cancers in Greater Manchester are high too with the cancer 24% higher than the national average
  3. Head and neck cancers are of particular concern for the region too with Greater Manchester seeing rates 16% higher than the rest of England
  4. Incidences of ovarian cancer are 7% higher in Greater Manchester than the national average
  5. Rates of stomach cancer are also particularly higher in Greater Manchester, showing as 6% higher than England’s average


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Cancer in Greater Manchester

Although the county is challenged with a high burden of disease for a number of key cancers, Greater Manchester has the lowest cancer
incidence rate in the North West.

With the youngest population in the region, 73% percent of people living in Greater Manchester are aged under 54, a factor which arguably influences the disease profile of the population.

Deprivation levels across Greater Manchester paint a mixed picture, with richer areas such as Trafford and Tameside, sitting alongside deprived communities in Manchester’s inner-city, one of the poorest areas in the country.

Around 28% of the population in Greater Manchester are employed in routine or manual roles, while 27% have managerial, administrative,
or professional occupations. Students make up 10% of population, while 7% of people living in the area are long term unemployed or have
never worked.

With an overall incidence rate lower than its neighbours, Greater Manchester has the lowest rates in the region for testicular cancer and is
the only North West county to under-index on incidences of breast cancer.

However, the county still records rates of lung trachea and bronchus cancer that are 24% higher than the national average. Liver cancer rates in Greater Manchester are also stark with a 23% higher incidence rate than the rest of England.

Head and neck cancer rates in the county index at 20% higher than the national average too.


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

Read the report