Putting our region's cancer needs first


Wrexham is one of the youngest and most relatively challenged populations in North Wales. However, as per our regional report released in 2022, studying cancer patterns across the region, 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. Rates are testicular cancer are higher than average too, by 45%
    4. Rates of are 20% 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 biggest populations of people aged 35 to 54 at 26%, which could account for the lower levels reordered for a number of cancers.


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


Pancreatic cancer is a key challenge for the region, with incidence rates 37% higher than the national average. The region also records significantly high 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 incidences of the disease across Wales mean this is still a pressing area of concern for 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