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Skin cancer statistics

Skin Stats Doughnut

  • 13,348 people in the UK were diagnosed with malignant melanoma skin cancer in 2011.
  • There were 2,148 deaths from malignant melanoma skin cancer in the UK in 2012.
  • 88.2% of adult malignant melanoma skin cancer patients (83.6% of men and 91.6% of women) in England survived their cancer for five years or more in 2005-2009.
  • Around 100,000 people were diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer in 2010 and there were 638 deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer in 2012.


Stats, info and publications

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

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

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The latest statistics available for skin cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2005-2009 (malignant melanoma only as survival data for non-melanoma skin cancer are not currently published). Find out why these are the latest statistics available

The ICD code for malignant melanoma of the skin is ICD-10 C43. 

The ICD code for non-melanoma skin cancer is ICD-10 C44.

Malignant melanoma of the skin is less common than non-melanoma skin cancer, but is the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanomas can occur in other body organs, such as the eye, but such data are not shown here. On these pages "malignant melanoma" refers to malignant melanoma of the skin only.

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 National Cancer Registration Service (part of Public Health England) and the Office for National Statistics in England, and the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries. Population-based cancer data has been collected in most regions of the UK since the early 1960s, and without this cancer registration system there would be no incidence or survival statistics.

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Updated: 8 September 2014