Dr Laura Woods

BA (Oxon) MSc PhD

Assistant Professor
(Cancer Research UK Postdoctoral Fellow)


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7612 7849

Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Human Sciences at Oxford University in 1999 and her Master's degree in Medical Demography in 2001. She joined the Cancer Survival Group in September 2002 where she completed her PhD "International differences in breast cancer survival and 'cure' by social deprivation: a comparative study of England and Australia" in September 2006.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology


Laura is Co-Module Organiser on the Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology module by Distance Learning: one of the advanced modules undertaken by students enrolled in Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology and supervises two PhD students. Laura has also taught on the in-house courses Statistical Methods for EPH; Research, Design and Analysis; and Demographic Methods. Additionally she lectures each year on the "Cancer Survival: Principles, Methods and Applications" short course.


Laura's research to date has focussed on inequalities in cancer survival in the UK, specifically examining patterns and trends by deprivation for all cancers as well as the role of screening and pre-diagnostic covariables in explaining socio-economic and ethnic differences in breast cancer survival. She is currently Co-PI on an ESRC-funded study examining the specific influence of the socio-economic environment, independently of the a patient's individual deprivation status, upon survival for 6 common cancers in England. She has developed her interests in early cancer detection more recently, and is currently PI on a Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund grant examining the potential of using a machine learning algorithm on primary care records to identify patients at higher risk or developing pancreatic cancer.

Research Area
Health inequalities
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
International comparisons
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
United Kingdom
European Union
OECD members

Selected Publications

Impact of deprivation on breast cancer survival among women eligible for mammographic screening in the West Midlands (UK) and New South Wales (Australia): Women diagnosed 1997-2006.
Woods LM; Rachet B; O'Connell D; Lawrence G; Coleman MP
International journal of cancer Journal international du cancer
Cancer incidence, survival and mortality: explaining the concepts.
Ellis L; Woods LM; Estève J; Eloranta S; Coleman MP; Rachet B
International journal of cancer Journal international du cancer
Survival from twenty adult cancers in the UK and Republic of Ireland in the late twentieth century.
Woods LM; Rachet B; Shack L; Catney D; Walsh PM; Cooper N; White C; Mak V; Steward J; Comber H
Health statistics quarterly / Office for National Statistics
'Cure' from breast cancer among two populations of women followed for 23 years after diagnosis.
Woods LM; Rachet B; Lambert PC; Coleman MP
Annals of oncology
Cancer survival in England and Wales at the end of the 20th century.
Rachet B; Woods LM; Mitry E; Riga M; Cooper N; Quinn MJ; Steward J; Brenner H; Estève J; Sullivan R
British journal of cancer
Origins of socio-economic inequalities in cancer survival: a review.
Woods LM; Rachet B; Coleman MP
Annals of oncology
Trends and socioeconomic inequalities in cancer survival in England and Wales up to 2001.
Coleman MP; Rachet B; Woods LM; Mitry E; Riga M; Cooper N; Quinn MJ; Brenner H; Estève J
British journal of cancer
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