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Lung cancer statistics

Lung Stats Doughnut

  • 43,463 people in the UK were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011.
  • There were 35,371 deaths from lung cancer in the UK in 2012.
  • 5% of adult lung cancer patients (4% of men and 7% of women) diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive ten or more years.
  • 89% (91% in males and 87% in females) of lung cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.

 

Stats, info and publications

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

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality, Survival, Risk factors and Smoking

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 statistics available for lung cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2010-2011. Find out why these are the latest statistics available

The ICD codes for lung cancer are ICD-10 C33-C34 (which include the trachea, bronchus and lung).

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

Survival by stage is not yet routinely available for the UK due to inconsistencies in the collecting and recording of staging data in the past. Survival by stage is available for the former Anglia Cancer Network in the east of England, however. The former Anglia Cancer Network covers around 5% of the population of England and may not be representative of the country as a whole due to differences in underlying demographic factors (such as age, deprivation or ethnicity), as well as variation in local healthcare provision standards and policies.

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. 

Acknowledgements

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: 4 December 2014