Putting our region's cancer needs first


From our 2022 regional report, we found that Lancashire is broadly in line with the average rates for cancer across the North West, but of the 25 surveyed, tracks above average for 15 cancer types.

Top 5 Areas of Need 

    1. Bladder cancer rates are 26% higher in Lancashire than the rest of the country.
    2. The county’s rates of cervical cancer are 21% higher than the English average.
    3. Incidence rates for head and neck cancers are 19% higher than the national average.
    4.  Melanoma rates in Lancashire are 16% higher than the rest of the country.
    5.  Ovarian cancer rates are 10% higher than the rest of the country.


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Cancer in Lancashire

Rates of cancer in Lancashire are 7% higher than the national average and overall cancer rates are broadly in line with average cancer rates across the North West.

Economically, the county is the most diverse in the region and is home to both Blackpool, with some of the most deprived communities in England, and the Ribble Valley, one of the country’s wealthiest areas. The county’s under-55s make up approximately 68% of the population, with 19% of the population aged over 65.

Around 27% of the population in Lancashire are employed in routine or manual roles, while 27% have managerial, administrative, or professional occupations. Students make up 9% of population, while 6% of people living in the county are long term unemployed or have never worked.

Incidences of lung cancer are 9% above the national average In Lancashire, but this still tracks well below the North West’s lung cancer rates which are 20% higher than the English average. Lancashire also has a much lower liver cancer incidence rate than the North West average, with liver cancer cases in line with the national average.

Bladder and cervical cancer rates in Lancashire are significantly greater than the national average, at 26% and 21% respectively. The county is also challenged with high rates for head and neck cancers, which track at 19% 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