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Frequently asked questions

What cancer types are included?

The cancers included on the LCI NI website are:

All cancers

All malignant cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) (ICD-10 code - C00-C43 & C45-C97)


Bladder (Malignant neoplasm of bladder - ICD-10 code - C67)

Brain and other CNS

Brain and other CNS (Malignant neoplasm of meninges, brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves and other parts of central nervous system, pituitary gland, craniopharyngeal duct and pineal gland - ICD-10 code - C70-C72,C75.1-C75.3)


Breast (Malignant neoplasm of breast ICD-10 code - C50)


Cervical (Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri - ICD-10 code - C53)


Colorectal (bowel) cancer - (Malignant neoplasm of colon, rectosigmoid junction and rectum - ICD-10 code - C18-C20)

Head and neck

Head and neck (Malignant neoplasm of lip, base of tongue, other and unspecified parts of tongue, gum, floor of mouth, palate, other and unspecified parts of mouth, parotid gland, other and unspecified major salivary glands, tonsil, oropharynx, nasopharynx, pyriform sinus, hypopharynx, other and ill-defined sites in the lip, oral cavity and pharynx, nasal cavity and middle ear, accessory sinuses and larynx - ICD-10 code - C00-C14, C30-C32)


Leukaemia (Lymphoid leukaemia, Myeloid leukaemiaI, Monocytic leukaemia, Other leukaemias of specified cell type and Leukaemia of unspecified cell type - CD-10 code - C91-C95)


Liver (Malignant neoplasm of liver and intrahepatic bile ducts - ICD-10 code - C22)

Lung, trachea and bronchus

Lung (Malignant neoplasm of trachea bronchus and lung ICD-10 code - C33, C34)


Lymphoma (Hodgkin's disease and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, ICD-10 code - C81-C86)


Malignant melanoma (Malignant melanoma of skin - ICD-10 code - C43)


Multiple myeloma (Multiple myeloma and malignant plasma cell neoplasms - ICD-10 code - C90)

Non-melanoma skin

Other (non-melanoma) and unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin (ICD-10 code - C44)


Oesophagus (Malignant neoplasm of oesophagus - ICD-10 code - C15) 


Ovary (Malignant neoplasm of ovary - ICD-10 code - C56)


Pancreas (Malignant neoplasm of pancreas - ICD-10 code - C25)


Prostate (Malignant neoplasm of prostate - ICD-10 code - C61)


Stomach (Malignant neoplasm of stomach - ICD-10 code - C16)


Testis (Malignant neoplasm of testis - ICD-10 code - C62)

Unknown primary

Unknown primary (Secondary and unspecified malignant neoplasm of lymph nodes, secondary malignant neoplasm of respiratory and digestive organs, secondary malignant neoplasm of other sites and malignant neoplasm without specification of site ICD-10 code - C77-C80)


Uterus (Malignant neoplasm of corpus uteri and uterus, part unspecified ICD-10 code - C54-C55)

Why are not all combinations of cancer types and age groups provided?

Not all cancer types are represented within the tool, as we have focused on a selection of common and rarer cancers.

In some instances, where the data is cut by age groups, or for certain cancer types, we have needed to exclude small numbers in order to maintain the privacy of the cancer patients behind the figures.

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What is a Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT) and Council area?

  • Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCT)
    There are 5 HSCTs’ in Northern Ireland. These Trusts provide health and social care services to the public locally and on a regional basis.
  • Council areas
    There are 11 council areas in Northern Ireland. This current system of 11 local government districts, or ‘council areas’, was established on 1st April 2015 and replaced the 26 local government districts which existed prior to this date.
    For the purposes of this website, we refer to these districts as ‘Council areas’.



The maps used on this website contain Land & Property Services (LPS) Intellectual Property © Crown copyright and database right 2016. 
This information is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence

How have patients been assigned to HSCTs' and Council areas?

The majority of the indicators which are presented in the tool by HSCT (prevalence, incidence, mortality and survival) or by council area (prevalence, incidence and mortality) are reported based on patients' postcode of residence at the time of their cancer diagnosis. For these indicators, a patient living in the Northern HSCT when diagnosed with cancer but treated in Belfast HSCT is included in the statistics for the Northern HSCT and not for Belfast HSCT.

The exception is the patient experience data which has been collected, (through the Cancer Patient Experience Survey) according to the HSCT in which patients had been most recently treated for their cancer, and is presented on this tool in the same way. The data and scores for patient experience can therefore be attributed to Trusts as organisations, but the remainder of the data in the LCI tool cannot.

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How can the LCI NI website be best viewed?

This website is best viewed using a desktop PC or Mac, with one of the following desktop web browsers.


  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer browser versions 11 or higher
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox

Apple Mac

  • Safari 8

Please note, the LCI website may work and appear differently, dependent on the browser and device you are viewing it on. If you experience any issues, please contact us.

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Can I use a mobile or tablet device to view this website?

Yes, this website has been designed to work on mobile and tablet devices. It is best viewed on the following mobile browsers:


  • iOS 9, 10
  • Latest Android

The LCI website has a responsive design to maximise its usability across a variety of browsers and devices, however if you experience any issues, please contact us.

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Will the charts work on a mobile device?

The Highcharts library, which is used for the charts for this website works well across multiple devices and screen sizes.
The charts will resize to fit the space available automatically on a device, but by their nature, most charts will not look great squeezed up on a small screen of a mobile device which is why we advise using a PC or Mac desktop web browser to view this website.

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Can I export and download the data from this website?

Each of the charts included on the tool has an icon at the top right. By clicking on this, you will be given the option to ‘print or view the data’ in various formats.

If you experience any issues with downloading data from the site, please contact us.

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What accessibility level has it been developed to?

All pages on this website conform to level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines are the internationally recognised benchmark for building accessible websites.

Macmillan Cancer Support websites are regularly audited by Nomensa and we are working to implement this standard on our other websites. If you'd like more information about this plus some useful tips on accessibility please visit the Macmillan accessibility page.

Please contact us if you are encountering any accessibility issues.

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