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Cancer mortality statistics

  • Mortality-donutThere were 161,823 deaths from cancer in the UK in 2012.

  • 168.6 people per 100,000 of the population died from cancer in the UK in 2012 (European age-standardised mortality rate).
  • Cancers of the lung, bowel, breast and prostate account for almost half (46%) of all cancer deaths in the UK in 2012.

Stats, info and publications

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

See in-depth statistics for all cancers combined, common cancers, by age at death, socio-economic group and projections.

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

The latest mortality statistics available for all cancers in the UK are 2012. Find out why these are the latest statistics available

The ICD codes for mortality from all cancers combined are ICD-10 C00-C97.

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

Socio-economic variation statistics were calculated using mortality data for two time periods: 2002-2006 and 2007-2011. The 1997-2001 mortality data were only used for the all cancers combined group as this time period includes the change in coding from ICD-9 to ICD-10. 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 calculated some of the statistics are also available.

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Updated: 15 September 2014