Cancer is a condition where cells in the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably, according to the NHS.
These cancerous cells destroy the surrounding tissue – including organs.
More than one in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime.
The most common types of cancer in the UK are prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and bowel cancer.
But, you’re most likely to develop cancer if you live in the North East of England, it’s been revealed.
About 630 people, per every 100,000, have cancer in the North East, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The data, which was revealed today (June 4), was made up of incidence rates of cancer from 2016.
It revealed London had the lowest cancer rates in the UK.
About 557 people, per every 100,000, had cancer in London, in 2016.
The average number of people with cancer in England was 593 per 100,000.
“In 2016, the cancer incidence rate was 13.2 per cent higher in the North East compared with London,” said the ONS.
“Yorkshire and The Humber, and the South West were the only regions with an increase in incidence rates since 2015.”
Overall, the number of new cancer cases in England continues to rise, warned the ONS.
There 303,135 cancers registered (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) during 2016.
That’s the equivalent of 828 new cases being diagnosed every day.
Breast cancer was the most common type of cancer in 2016, with more than 15 per cent of total cases.
Men were also more likely to develop cancer than women.
“More cancers were registered in males [155,019] than females [148,116], and across the majority of cancer sites, more males were diagnosed with cancer than females,” said the ONS.
“This is a persistent feature of the data, as reported in previous cancer registration years.”
You should speak to a GP if you notice any changes to your body’s normal processes, or any unusual symptoms. They could be an early sign of cancer, the NHS said.