Cancer Statistics for the UK

Cases

New cases of cancer, 2011, UK

Deaths

Deaths from cancer, 2012, UK

Survival

Survive cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Prevention

Preventable cases of cancer, UK

  • 331,487 people in the UK were diagnosed with cancer in 2011.
  • 396.2 people per 100,000 of the population were diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2011 (European age-standardised incidence rate).
  • Cancers of the breast, lung, prostate and bowel account for over half (54%) of all new cancer cases in the UK in 2011.
 

  • There were 161,823 deaths from cancer in the UK in 2012.
  • 168.6 people per 100,000 of the population died from cancer in the UK in 2012 (European age-standardised mortality rate).
  • Cancers of the lung, bowel, breast and prostate account for almost half (46%) of all cancer deaths in the UK in 2012.
 

  • 50% of adult cancer patients diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive 10 or more years.
  • 46% of men and 54% of women cancer patients diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive 10 or more years.
  • Cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years.
 

  • More than one in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.
  • 4 in 10 cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other factors.
  • Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the world.
 

About this data

The latest data available for most cancers in the UK are: incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2010-11. Source years are specified in each section.

Coding and counting information is available with the in-depth content by cancer type.

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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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