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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.
  • 90% of adult malignant melanoma skin cancer patients (86% of men and 92% of women) diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive ten or more years.
  • 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.
  • 86% (90% in males and 82% in females) of malignant melanoma skin 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

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The latest statistics available for skin cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2010-2011. Survival data is for malignant melanoma only. Reliable survival data for non-melanoma skin cancer for the UK is currently not available. 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.

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. 


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: 9 December 2014