This section provides answers to commonly asked questions about both cancer and the NICR's method of operation.
Individuals will often be concerned that a population has a higher rate of disease than they would expect. Part of this suspicion may reflect the increasing frequency with which cancer is diagnosed in our population. An explanation is given here of the constraints that must be applied when examinging possible clusters, and why actual cancer clusters are so rare. A report on an investigation into a cancer cluster is also available.
Confidentiality is a major issue when dealing with patient identifiable data. The NICR has its own policy regarding security.
Information put together by Dr David Donnelly, N. Ireland Cancer Registry