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Cancer Prevalence Dashboard – new guidance to support service planning and inform strategy

27th January 2020

The Cancer Prevalence Dashboard for London was developed in partnership between the  Transforming Cancer Services Team (TCST) and the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service to understand more about the London Cancer population. A new national dashboard for England has recently also been published.

The London dashboard brings together 2017 data and views for CCGs, STPs, Cancer Alliances and London on:

  • Demographics of those living with a cancer diagnosis (age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic status, years since diagnosis).
  • Proportion of people living with subsequent primary cancers – an important measure to monitor as the population ages, and this proportion grows.
  • Completeness rates comparing cancer registry data with primary care practice registers (QOF).
  • Forecasted growth of cancer prevalence to 2030, to help with forward planning.

Judith Shankleman, Public Health Advisor to the TCST team highlights the importance of maintaining high data standards across LondonWith more people having cancer as a long-term condition, there are new challenges for local commissioners, service providers and communities. We know that cancer and its treatment can have physical, psychological and social impacts on people and their families – sometimes years after treatment has finished”

The dashboard shows that in 2017, 231,740 people were living with a cancer diagnosis in London – a figure that is expected to increase by approximately 50% in 2030. The dashboard also shows that more than half of Londoners living with cancer are residents in areas of high deprivation. Inequalities in health are linked to poorer health and in turn reduced quality of life and early death. This is an issue that TCST are working to address with an aim to ensure that every Londoner has the access to good quality local services, no matter where they live. For a better understanding of the data, the team at TCST have produced some Interpretation Guidance, which can help support with informing strategy and service planning.

Judith goes on to say “Local needs assessments have tended to focus on prevention, screening and early detection of cancer, and on providing high quality palliative care for patients. Increasingly we need to pay attention to these longer-term needs, ensuring that people with cancer can get the support and care they need to live the best possible life”

The data is collated, maintained and quality assured by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, which is part of Public Health England. For more information on the Cancer Prevalence Dashboard or any aspect of its findings, please contact TCST@nhs.net

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