Since 2001, the number of cancer diagnoses in England has increased from 234,362 to 305,683 in 2017. Currently one in two of us born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. However, there is some good news. Sarah Caul takes a look at the bigger picture behind cancer statistics.Read more on Are there more people diagnosed with cancer?
Across government we’re working to highlight how statistics can best shine a light on society’s evolving questions about housing and planning in the UK. Debra Prestwood outlines the priorities for the coming year and explains how we’re putting users at the heart of our work.Read more on Strengthening Our Housing and Planning Statistics
A spate of news stories has claimed that March is one of the ‘deadliest’ months with more deaths occurring over the past five years than in most other months. But as Sarah Caul explains, those numbers don’t quite add up.Read more on Beware the Ides of March? ONS data reveals which month we are really most likely to die in.
Some recent ground-breaking work from ONS on topics including deaths of homeless people and the impact of migration has been the result of the new ONS centres for Public Policy Analysis. Here, Liz McKeown provides an update on the work of these centres and their achievements so far.Read more on Filling in the gaps: Introducing our new quarterly public policy analysis review
The death of a parent can have a profound impact on children which may be felt throughout their life. However, there are currently no official estimates of the number of children who are affected by bereavement. Nick Stripe explains how ONS is starting to fill the evidence gap.Read more on How many children experience the death of their mother?