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Cancer prevalence in {{ccg16nm}}

At the end of {{prevalence_year}}, around {{full_prevalence_duration}} people in {{ccg16nm}} were living up to 20 years after a cancer diagnosis. This could rise to an estimated {{projection_prevalence_rounded}} by {{projection_year}}.

What can this show?

Cancer prevalence indicates the size of the population living with a cancer diagnosis. This gives an indication of the number of people who may be at risk of having consequences of their cancer or its treatment.

Cancer prevalence can reflect trends in cancer incidence, mortality and survival as well as advances in cancer treatment and detection, and the ageing of the population.

Data release dates

This data is for prevalence at the end of 2016 (31st December 2016). 


NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD) of Public Health & Intelligence Scotland. 

What is prevalence?

Prevalence is the number of cases of a disease that are present in a particular population at a given time.

Learn more about prevalence.

How many people are living with cancer at different time periods after their initial diagnosis?

People’s needs change during their cancer. Local data for different cancer types are shown below. This gives an indication of the total demand for care at different times after diagnosis and can be an alternative way to look at length of survival. Cancers such as lung cancer have proportionally fewer long-term survivors whereas breast cancer has proportionally more.

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Projected prevalence

How will prevalence change in the next 15 years in my area?

This chart shows projected 20-year cancer prevalence for your Health Board or Local Council. The number of people living with and beyond cancer is increasing and is set to rise further, if existing trends continue.

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The above chart shows two possible future scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: Assumes people will continue to get and survive cancer at increasing rates in line with recent trends (except for prostate cancer), and the general population will continue to grow and age.
  • Scenario 2: Assumes people will continue to get cancer at the rate they do today, and that survival rates will remain as they are. The estimates are therefore driven by a growing and ageing population only.


As with all predicted estimates these figures serve as indicators and are likely to change as more data become available.

Prevalence projections for Scotland are applied at a Health Board level. They do not take into account variations across the local areas, for example: age and sex structures, deprivation profile and the size and movement of the local population.

How do cancer types differ for prevalence in this Health Board or Local Council?

20-year prevalence by cancer type as of end of 2016.

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