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Oesophageal cancer statistics

Oesophageal Stats Doughnut

  • 8,332 people in the UK were diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2011.
  • There were 7,701 deaths from oesophageal cancer in the UK in 2012.
  • 12% of adult oesophageal cancer patients (12% of men and 13% of women) diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive ten or more years.
  • 89% of oesophageal 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 and Risk factors.

Download our publications about these statistics:

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

The ICD code for oesophageal cancer is ICD-10 C15.

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 December 2014