Putting our region's cancer needs first


Wrexham is one of the youngest and most relatively challenged populations in North Wales. However, our regional report from 2022 shows that Wrexham falls below average for overall cancer rates.

Top 5 Areas of Need 

    1. Pancreatic cancer rates are concerning for the area, showing as 37% higher in Wrexham than the rest of the country
    2. Hepatocellular carcinoma rates are 55% higher in Wrexham than the national average
    3. Testicular cancer rates are higher than average too, by 45%
    4. Prevalence rates of breast cancer are 22% higher in Wrexham than in the rest of Wales
    5. Although lower than the national average, the county does still experience high levels of prostate cancer


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Cancer in Wrexham

31% of the population in Wrexham is aged over 55, making it one of the youngest populations surveyed. The county also has one of the largest populations of people aged 35 to 54 at 26%, which may account for the lower levels recorded for several cancers.


However, Wrexham faces relatively high levels of deprivation. It has the highest number of people who are unemployed or employed in semi-skilled or manual jobs. Only half of this number, 16%, is categorised in the higher earning rankings, which include people employed in managerial, professional or administrative positions.


Pancreatic cancer is a crucial challenge for the region, with incidence rates 37% higher than the national average. The area also records significantly higher rates of testicular cancer, with 45% more cases recorded than the national average.


While Wrexham still records lower rates of prostate cancer than the national average, high disease incidences across Wales mean this is still a critical area of concern for the region.


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