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Statistics on the causes of cancer

Stats, info and publications

See our Key Facts for a summary of the main stats and information.

See in-depth statistics for tobacco use, childhood smoking, comparing the causes of cancer, data visualisation of the causes of cancer, or read about the background study behind these findings.

See our infographic for the visual version of some of this data.

Download our publications about these statistics:

Use our local cancer statistics tool to find and compare statistical information and intelligence about cancer in areas across the UK.

About this data

See the methodology used to establish the fraction of cancer attributable to lifestyle and environmental factors in the UK. 


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: 23 May 2014