20 per cent rise in cancer diagnosis

A patient undergoing a breast cancer screening test
A patient undergoing a breast cancer screening test

THE number of Wiganers being diagnosed with cancer has increased by 21 per cent in the past decade according to latest figures, with health chiefs putting it down to people living longer.

Around 1,700 people are diagnosed with some form of the condition in Wigan borough every year, as supposed to just 1,400, 10 years ago.

However, while diagnosis rates are rising, the number of people dying from cancer has fallen by eight per cent, and this rises to 11 per cent in those under the age of 75.

Dr Paul Turner, consultant in public health at Wigan Council, said: “The increase in the number of people diagnosed with cancer, both locally and nationally, is as a result of people living longer.

“The risk of developing cancer increases with age and the longer people live the more likely that they will be diagnosed with cancer. The fact that people in Wigan borough are living longer is good news. Although, the mortality rate from cancer is falling locally we want it to fall further.”

Now health chiefs are offering people the chance to attend a free one day course designed to give you knowledge and understanding of the early signs and symptoms of Bowel, Breast, Lung, Bladder and Kidney cancer as part of the Be Clear on Cancer campaign.

The course aims to give people the tools you need to talk to people, as well as hints and tips on how to start a conversation or, how to pick up on keys people may give, as a prompt for a conversation around cancer.

The courses are between 9.15am-4.30pm on Thursday January 16 at Wigan Life Centre and Tuesday January 21 at Higher Folds Community Centre, Leigh.

Refreshments are provided on the day but you will need to bring your own lunch. To book your place please phone Gwen on 01942 404237.