National Prostate Cancer Audit Annual Report 2020

Reports | Published: 14 Jan 2021

52,580 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in England and Wales between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. The number of men diagnosed rose quite significantly in the diagnosis period compared to the previous year: by 23% in both England (40,429 to 49,804) and Wales (2,239 to 2,776). This is a larger year-on-year increase than seen previously and might be explained by media coverage of two high-profile individuals with prostate cancer in 2018.

The aim of the National Prostate Cancer Audit (NPCA) is to assess the process of care and its outcomes in men diagnosed with prostate cancer in England and Wales. The NPCA determines whether their prostate cancer care is consistent with current recommended practice and it provides information to support healthcare providers, commissioners, regulators, patient groups and patients in helping improve prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

These recommendations are based on results from data collected in the audit period of 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 which therefore do not cover the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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National Prostate Cancer Audit Annual Report 2020