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Statistics on the causes of cancer

Stats, info and publications

Preventable cancers statistics were calculated from incidence 2011 data.

Tobacco use statistics are for the UK, 2013.

Childhood smoking statistics are for England, 2012.

Alcohol drinking statistics are for Great Britain, 2012.

Overweight and obesity statistics are for England, Wales and Scotland, 2012 and Northern Ireland 2011-12.

See information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are also available


We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data. 

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Updated: 16 December 2014