When a person is diagnosed with cancer in the UK, information about them is automatically included in the national cancer registry. The cancer registry is a list of people diagnosed with cancer, collected directly from hospitals and healthcare professionals. The data from the cancer registry tells us how many people are diagnosed with cancer, what treatments they have, how long they live and whether this is getting better or worse. This information can then be used to help plan cancer services and identify where further progress is needed in order to improve the lives of all people affected by cancer.
All cancer patients are automatically included in the national cancer registry. However, you can opt out if you wish.
For more details on the cancer registry and how to opt out, please look at the following sites:
Cancer Research UK - What is cancer registration?
GOV.UK - National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS)