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Cancer survival statistics


  • 50% of adult cancer patients diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive 10 or more years.
  • 46% of men and 54% of women cancer patients diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive 10 or more years.
  • Cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years.


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, and by socio-economic variation.

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.

The latest survival statistics available for cancers in England and Wales are 2010-2011. Survival data for Scotland and Northern Ireland are also available on their websites.

The ICD codes for all cancers combined and survival by age are ICD-10 C00-C97 excluding C44 which includes all malignant neoplasms excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)

The ICD codes for survival for common cancers are detailed within the types of cancer content. Data for breast cancer are for female only, and laryngeal cancer are for male only. 

The ICD codes and data time periods for survival by socio-economic variation are detailed within the content. 

Survival statistics give an overall picture of net survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stages and co-morbidities. The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics. If you are a patient, please see our CancerHelp UK pages

Survival for childhood cancer and survival for teenagers and young adults are presented separately.

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: 2 December 2014