PERFORMANCE: NHS Nottingham City has expressed “major concern” at data suggesting the narrowing of cancer mortality health inequalities has slowed down and may even be widening.

Mortality from all cancers in Nottingham remains significantly higher than in the East Midlands for both men and women.

In 2009 there were 636 deaths from cancer; 27 per cent of all deaths in Nottingham and 303 cancer deaths in people aged under 75. 

Although the absolute number of cancer deaths in Nottingham has been falling, cancer as a proportion of all deaths is rising.

A major concern  is that the 2007– 2009 trend data suggests that the narrowing of cancer mortality health inequalities seen in previous years has slowed and may be even be widening.   Further analysis will be carried out when finalised 2009 data is available.