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Interactive map shows the areas of England where cancer patients are most likely to die in a year

Revealed: Interactive map shows the areas of England where cancer patients are most likely to die within a year of being diagnosed

  • Figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed people in Leicester are least likely to live 12 months
  • Meanwhile, those living in Richmond upon Thames have the highest one-year survival rate in England 
  • The average one-year survival for England as a whole rose from 62 per cent in 2001 to 72.8 per cent in 2016 
  • But Cancer Research UK warns shortages of NHS staff and funding are holding back progress


Figures have revealed the areas of England where people are least likely to survive for a year after being diagnosed with cancer.

Nearly a third of cancer patients diagnosed in Leicester city centre will die within a year, making it the worst performing NHS group in the country by this measure – its 12-month survival rate is 67.7 per cent. 

Only 20 areas in England manage to keep three quarters of their patients alive for a year after being diagnosed, the majority of them in or around London.

Whereas the worst performing areas are mainly in the Midlands and Kent, leaving people facing a postcode lottery if they are diagnosed.

But the gap between the best and worst performing areas has shrunk by 6.3 per cent in the past 15 years, meaning people around the country are faced with more equal survival odds when they get cancer. 

And the one-year survival rate of England as a whole has jumped by more than 10 per cent since 2001. 

The areas with the fewest patients surviving for a year or more after a cancer diagnosis are mostly in the Midlands, Kent and more deprived areas of London. The North of England, which has historically fared worse, has improved and has no areas in the bottom 10

The statistics, released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), brought good news, too, however.

They show the gap between the areas with the best survival rates – headed up by Richmond in London, where 77.4 per cent of people survive a year or more – is shrinking.

While the difference between the highest and lowest survival rates was 16 per cent in 2001, it has fallen to 9.7 per cent, according to today’s numbers for 2016.

This means there is now greater equality across the country in cancer diagnoses and treatments.

And the North of England, which often comes up short in health statistics, has been overtaken by the Midlands as the region with the most areas with survival rates significantly lower than the national average.

Some 40 per cent of the 40 Clinical Commissioning Groups – local NHS bodies known as CCGs – in the Midlands fare worse than England as a whole.

This figure is 39 per cent for the North, which has 61 CCGs,  down from 57 per cent in 2001.

In the south only 20 per cent of CCGs have significantly worse survival than the English average. 

The survival of people in England as a whole has improved in that time, from 62 per cent in 2001 to 72.8 per cent in 2016.


  1. Leicester City (67.7% of patients still alive after a year) 
  2. Medway, Kent (67.9%)
  3. Barking and Dagenham, London (68%)
  4. Sandwell and West Birmingham (68.1%)
  5. Stoke on Trent (68.5%)
  6. Luton, Bedfordshire (68.8%)
  7. Tower Hamlets, London (68.8%)  
  8. Swale, Kent (68.9%)
  9. Thanet, Kent (68.9%)  
  10. Newham, London (69.1%)

Source: Office for National Statistics 


  1. Richmond, London (77.4% of patients alive after year)
  2. Surrey Heath (77.1%) 
  3. Central London (Westminster) (77.1%)
  4. Barnet, London (77%) 
  5. Kingston upon Thames (76.4%)
  6. West London (76.4%) 
  7. Southport and Formby, Merseyside (76.2%) 
  8. North East Hampshire and Farnham (76.2%) 
  9. Hounslow, London (76.1%) 
  10. Surrey Downs (76%) 

Source: Office for National Statistics  

But experts warn staff and cash shortages in the NHS are holding the country back compared to its peers.

Matt Case, policy manager at Cancer Research UK said: ‘While it’s certainly good news that cancer survival has improved since 2001, we need to improve survival for many cancers at a faster rate if we’re going to catch up with other countries. 

‘Diagnosing cancer early is key to improving survival but the NHS is currently struggling because of persistent staff shortages. 

‘The Government must provide investment for more staff to diagnose and treat cancer, or the ambition to diagnose 75 per cent of cancers at an early stage by 2028 won’t be met.’

Other CCGs in the 10 with the lowest survival rates are Medway, Swale and Thanet in Kent; Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and Newham in London; and Sandwell and West Birmingham, Stoke on Trent and Luton.

Those behind Richmond in the 10 with the best survival rates are Westminster, Barnet, West London, Kingston and Hounslow in London; Surrey Heath and Surrey Downs; Southport and Formby in Merseyside, and North East Hampshire and Farnham.

Local NHS group 1-year survival
rate (%)
Local NHS group 1-year survival
 rate (%)
NHS Richmond CCG 77.4 NHS Milton Keynes CCG 72.4
NHS Surrey Heath CCG 77.1 NHS North Norfolk CCG 72.4
NHS Central London (Westminster) CCG 77.1 Suffolk and North East Essex 72.4
NHS Barnet CCG 77 NHS Bedfordshire CCG 72.3
NHS Kingston CCG 76.4 NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG 72.3
NHS West London CCG 76.4 NHS Southampton CCG 72.3
NHS Southport and Formby CCG 76.2 NHS Northumberland CCG 72.3
NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG 76.2 NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG 72.3
NHS Hounslow CCG 76.1 NHS North Derbyshire CCG 72.2
NHS Surrey Downs CCG 76 NHS Shropshire CCG 72.2
NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG 75.9 NHS North East Essex CCG 72.2
NHS Merton CCG 75.8 NHS Wigan Borough CCG 72.2
NHS West Hampshire CCG 75.6 NHS Nene CCG 72.1
NHS Wandsworth CCG 75.6 NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG 72.1
Surrey Heartlands 75.6 NHS Crawley CCG 72.1
NHS Harrow CCG 75.4 Greater Manchester 72.1
South West London 75.2 NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG 72.1
NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG 75.1 Greater Manchester 72.1
North West and South West London 75 Northamptonshire 72.1
North Central London 75 NHS Bexley CCG 72
NHS East Surrey CCG 74.9 NHS Bury CCG 72
NHS Stockport CCG 74.9 NHS Havering CCG 72
North West London 74.9 NHS Hillingdon CCG 72
NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG 74.8 Mid and South Essex 72
NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG 74.8 Humber, Coast and Vale 71.9
NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG 74.7 NHS Bassetlaw CCG 71.9
NHS West Cheshire CCG 74.7 NHS Warwickshire North CCG 71.9
NHS Oxfordshire CCG 74.7 NHS West Leicestershire CCG 71.9
NHS Trafford CCG 74.7 NHS Isle of Wight CCG 71.9
NHS Camden CCG 74.7 NHS South Tyneside CCG 71.9
Frimley Health 74.7 NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG 71.9
NHS South Cheshire CCG 74.6 NHS Salford CCG 71.9
NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG 74.6 NHS City and Hackney CCG 71.9
NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG 74.5 Humber, Coast and Vale 71.9
NHS North West Surrey CCG 74.5 Nottinghamshire 71.9
NHS Ealing CCG 74.5 NHS North Staffordshire CCG 71.8
Devon 74.4 East Midlands 71.8
NHS Vale Royal CCG 74.3 NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG 71.8
NHS West Kent CCG 74.3 NHS Southend CCG 71.8
NHS Morecambe Bay CCG 74.3 NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG 71.8
NHS Enfield CCG 74.3 NHS Bolton CCG 71.8
NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG 74.2 Coventry and Warwickshire 71.8
NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG 74.2 South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw, North Derbyshire and Hardwick 71.7
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 74.2 NHS Corby CCG 71.7
NHS West Suffolk CCG 74.1 NHS Norwich CCG 71.7
NHS South Eastern Hampshire CCG 74.1 Kent and Medway 71.7
NHS Brent CCG 74.1 NHS Portsmouth CCG 71.7
Peninsula 74 Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton 71.7
NHS Warrington CCG 73.9 Kent and Medway 71.7
NHS West Essex CCG 73.9 NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG 71.6
NHS Bromley CCG 73.9 NHS Vale of York CCG 71.6
NHS Buckinghamshire CCG 73.9 NHS East Staffordshire CCG 71.6
NHS Wiltshire CCG 73.9 NHS Stafford and Surrounds CCG 71.6
NHS East and North Hertfordshire CCG 73.8 NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG 71.6
NHS South Norfolk CCG 73.8 NHS Berkshire West CCG 71.6
NHS Lambeth CCG 73.8 South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw 71.6
Surrey and Sussex 73.8 Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin 71.6
NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG 73.8 Derbyshire 71.6
NHS Dorset CCG 73.8 Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 71.6
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire 73.8 NHS Barnsley CCG 71.5
Dorset 73.8 NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG 71.5
Wessex 73.7 NHS Wolverhampton CCG 71.5
NHS Croydon CCG 73.7 NHS Lewisham CCG 71.5
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 73.7 NHS South Kent Coast CCG 71.5
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West 73.7 North East and Cumbria 71.5
NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG 73.6 Cumbria and North East 71.5
Cheshire and Merseyside 73.6 NHS Bradford City CCG 71.4
NHS North Hampshire CCG 73.6 NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG 71.4
NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG 73.6 West Midlands 71.4
NHS West Lancashire CCG 73.6 NHS Cannock Chase CCG 71.4
NHS Sutton CCG 73.6 NHS South West Lincolnshire CCG 71.4
Cheshire and Merseyside 73.6 NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG 71.4
Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire 73.5 NHS Brighton and Hove CCG 71.4
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG 73.5 NHS Redbridge CCG 71.4
NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG 73.4 NHS Rotherham CCG 71.3
NHS Southwark CCG 73.4 NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG 71.3
Hertfordshire and West Essex 73.4 NHS Greenwich CCG 71.3
Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire 73.4 NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG 71.3
NHS Leeds CCG 73.3 NHS Waltham Forest CCG 71.3
NHS Mid Essex CCG 73.3 Lincolnshire 71.3
Thames Valley 73.3 Birmingham and Solihull 71.3
NHS Kernow CCG 73.3 NHS Wakefield CCG 71.2
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 73.3 NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG 71.2
NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG 73.2 NHS South Tees CCG 71.2
NHS South Warwickshire CCG 73.2 Staffordshire 71.2
NHS Somerset CCG 73.2 NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG 71.1
NHS Islington CCG 73.2 NHS North Durham CCG 71.1
Somerset 73.2 NHS North Kirklees CCG 71
NHS Bradford Districts CCG 73.1 NHS Wyre Forest CCG 71
NHS South Sefton CCG 73.1 NHS Swindon CCG 71
NHS St Helens CCG 73.1 NHS Hastings and Rother CCG 70.9
NHS Wirral CCG 73.1 NHS North Tyneside CCG 70.9
NHS West Norfolk CCG 73.1 NHS Erewash CCG 70.8
NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG 73.1 NHS East Lancashire CCG 70.8
NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG 73 NHS Walsall CCG 70.7
NHS Rushcliffe CCG 73 NHS Lincolnshire East CCG 70.7
South East London 73 NHS North Cumbria CCG 70.6
NHS Ashford CCG 73 North East London 70.6
NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG 73 NHS Doncaster CCG 70.5
NHS East Berkshire CCG 73 NHS Nottingham City CCG 70.5
NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG 73 NHS Sunderland CCG 70.5
South East London 73 NHS Hardwick CCG 70.4
NHS Nottingham North and East CCG 72.9 NHS Lincolnshire West CCG 70.4
England 72.8 NHS Blackpool CCG 70.3
NHS Liverpool CCG 72.8 NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG 70.3
NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG 72.8 NHS Manchester CCG 70.3
NHS Halton CCG 72.7 NHS Dudley CCG 70.2
NHS South Worcestershire CCG 72.7 The Black Country 70.2
NHS Greater Preston CCG 72.7 NHS Calderdale CCG 70.1
West Yorkshire and Harrogate 72.6 NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG 70.1
NHS Sheffield CCG 72.6 NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG 70.1
NHS Nottingham West CCG 72.6 NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG 70.1
East of England 72.6 NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG 69.7
North Central and North East London 72.6 NHS Thurrock CCG 69.5
West Yorkshire 72.6 NHS Hull CCG 69.4
Herefordshire and Worcestershire 72.6 NHS Oldham CCG 69.4
Norfolk and Waveney 72.6 NHS Darlington CCG 69.2
Sussex and East Surrey 72.6 NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG 69.2
NHS North Lincolnshire CCG 72.5 NHS Newham CCG 69.1
NHS Knowsley CCG 72.5 NHS Swale CCG 68.9
NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG 72.5 NHS Thanet CCG 68.9
NHS Gloucestershire CCG 72.5 NHS Luton CCG 68.8
Lancashire and South Cumbria 72.5 NHS Tower Hamlets CCG 68.8
NHS Haringey CCG 72.5 NHS Stoke on Trent CCG 68.5
Gloucestershire 72.5 NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG 68.1
Lancashire and South Cumbria 72.5 NHS Barking and Dagenham CCG 68
NHS Herefordshire CCG 72.4 NHS Medway CCG 67.9
NHS South Lincolnshire CCG 72.4 NHS Leicester City CCG 67.7
NHS Herts Valleys CCG 72.4 Source: ONS