Putting our region's cancer needs first


From our 2020 regional report, we found that Gwynedd has the lowest recorded cancer incidence rate of all the North Wales counties.

Top 5 Areas of Need 

    1. Patterns of cervical cancer were 93% higher in Gwynedd than the rest of the country
    2. Also of concern is oesophageal cancer, of which rates are 65% higher in Gwynedd than the rest of Wales
    3. People in Gwynedd also demonstrated a 41% higher incidence rate of colorectal cancer
    4. Incidences of cancer of the larynx were 62% higher than the average for Wales
    5. Average prostate cancer rates were 31% higher than the national average


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Cancer in Gwynedd

Of the counties surveyed, Gwynedd has the highest percentage of people aged between 18 and 34 at 23%, while 34% of Gwynedd’s population is over 55, 10% of whom are over 75 years old.

27% of people living in Gwynedd are unemployed or in semi-skilled or unskilled manual occupations, while half the population are employed in supervisory or clerical roles, or are skilled manual labourers.

While the county reports a lower number of cancers than many of its neighbours, there are a number of key diseases where it has a disproportionately high incidence rate and a significant  burden of disease.

While cervical cancer is not one of North Wales’ most common cancers, Gwynedd has a significantly higher incidence rate of cervical cancer than any other county and its rate is 93% higher than the rest of Wales.

In common with many other North Wales counties, Gwynedd faces high levels of oesophageal cancer, with incidence rates 65% higher than the Welsh average. This is the highest incidence rate for this key cancer across the region.

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

Read the report