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Cancer incidence statistics


  • 331,487 people in the UK were diagnosed with cancer in 2011.
  • 396.2 people per 100,000 of the population were diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2011 (European age-standardised incidence rate).
  • Cancers of the breast, lung, prostate and bowel account for over half (54%) of all new cancer cases in the UK in 2011.


Stats, info and publications

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

See in-depth statistics for all cancers combined, common cancers, by age at diagnosis, socio-economic variation, lifetime risk, projections and prevalence

Download our publications about these statistics:

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

The latest incidence statistics available for all cancers in the UK are 2011. Find out why these are the latest statistics available

The ICD codes for all cancers combined and incidence by age are ICD-10 C00-C97 excluding C44 which includes all malignant neoplasms excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). NMSCs are often excluded from cancer incidence statistics because they are extremely common and registration is known to be incomplete.

ICD codes for incidence of common cancers are detailed within the types of cancer content.

Incidence lifetime risk statistics were calculated from various datasets (see references).

Prevalence statistics were estimated from UK incidence 2008 data.

Socio-economic variation statistics were calculated using incidence data for three time periods: 1996-2000, 2001-2005 and 2006-2010. The deprivation quintiles were calculated using the Income domain scores from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) from the following years: 2004, 2007 and 2010. Full details on the data and methodology can be found in the Cancer by Deprivation in England (NCIN) report.

Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's statistics and 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: 15 September 2014