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Leukaemia (all subtypes combined) statistics

Leukaemia Stats Doughnut

  • 8,616 people in the UK were diagnosed with leukaemia (all subtypes combined) in 2011.
  • There were 4,807 deaths from leukaemia (all subtypes combined) in the UK in 2012.
  • 44.3% of adult leukaemia (all subtypes combined) patients (44.0% of men and 44.4% of women) in England survived their cancer for five years or more in 2005-2009.


Stats, info and publications

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

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality and Survival.

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The latest statistics available for leukaemia in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2005-2009. Find out why these are the latest statistics available

The ICD codes for leukaemia are ICD-10 C91-C95.

The term 'leukaemia' covers cancers of the white blood cells and bone marrow. Statistics for the four main subtypes of leukaemia are also provided: acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, acute myeloid leukaemia and chronic myeloid leukaemia. These types differ substantially in their cellular origin and clinical behaviour. As such it is important to recognise this when interpreting statistics on mortality from the group 'leukaemia' as a whole.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of 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

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: 8 September 2014