Cancer Statistics for the UK
New cases of cancer, 2014, UK
Deaths from cancer, 2014, UK
Survive cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales
Preventable cases of cancer, UK
- There were around 357,000 new cases of cancer in the UK in 2014, that’s 980 cases diagnosed every day.
- In males, there were around 181,000 cases of cancer diagnosed in the UK in 2014.
- In females, there were around 176,000 cases of cancer diagnosed in the UK in 2014.
- Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer.
- Breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancers together accounted for over half (53%) of all new cancers in the UK in 2014.
- Half (50%) of all cancer cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in people aged 70 and over (2012-2014).
- Incidence rates for all cancer cases in the UK are highest in people aged 85+ (2012-2014).
- There were around 163,000 cancer deaths in the UK in 2014, that’s 450 deaths every day.
- In males, there were around 86,500 cancer deaths in the UK in 2014.
- In females, there were around 76,900 cancer deaths in the UK in 2014.
- Every four minutes someone in the UK dies from cancer.
- Lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancers together accounted for almost half (46%) of all cancer deaths in the UK in 2014.
- More than a fifth of all cancer deaths are from lung cancer.
- More than half (53%) of cancer deaths in the UK are in people aged 75 years and over (2012-2014).
- Half (50%) of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more (2010-11).
- Cancer survival is higher in women than men.
- Cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.
- Cancer survival is generally higher in people diagnosed aged under 40 years old, with the exception of breast, bowel and prostate cancers, where survival is highest in middle age.
- 1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.
- 4 in 10 (42%) of cancer cases in the UK each year are linked to lifestyle factors.
- Smoking is the largest single preventable cause of cancer each year in the UK.
- 'Two-week wait' is the most common route to diagnosing cancer.
- Screening is the route with the highest proportion of cases diagnosed at an early stage, for all cancers combined.
- 'Two-week wait' standards are met by all countries, '31-day wait' is met by all but Northern Ireland and Wales, and '62-day wait' is not met by any country for all cancers combined.
- Around 9 in 10 patients had a ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ patient experience.
- Almost 9 in 10 patients are given the name of their Clinical Nurse Specialist.
- 45% of patients diagnosed with cancer have surgery to remove the tumor as part of their primary cancer treatment. 27% of patients have radiotherapy, and 28% have chemotherapy.
About this data
The latest data available for most cancers in the UK are: incidence 2014, mortality 2014 and survival 2010-11. Source years are specified in each section, for these and all other datasets.
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