Cancer mortality statistics


Deaths from cancer, 2014, UK

Common cancers

Almost half of all cancer deaths are lung, bowel, breast or prostate cancer, 2014, UK


Proportion of UK deaths

Cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths, 2011, UK

  • 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.
  • Cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths in the UK.
  • Cancer death rates in the UK have fallen by around a fifth over the last forty years and by 10% over the last decade.
  • Cancer deaths in England are more common in females living in the most deprived areas.
  • Mortality rates in the UK are lower than in the European Union in males, but higher in females.
  • Mortality rates in the UK are lower than the More Developed Regions of the world in males, but higher in females. For both sexes, rates in the UK are higher than the Less Developed Regions of the world.

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The latest mortality statistics available for all cancers in the UK are 2014.

The ICD codes Open a glossary item for mortality from all cancers combined are ICD-10 C00-C97.

ICD codes for cancer type are detailed within the types of cancer content.

European Age-Standardised Rates (ASRs) were calculated using the 1976 European Standard Population (ESP1976) unless otherwise stated as calculated with ESP2013. ASRs calculated using ESP2013 are not comparable with those using ESP1976.

Deprivation gradient statistics were calculated using England mortality data for two time periods: 2002-2006 and 2007-2011. The 1997-2001 mortality data were only used for the all cancers combined group as this time period includes the change in coding from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The deprivation quintiles were calculated using the Income domain scores from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) from the following years: 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Local Cancer Statistics

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Cancer Statistics Explained

See information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of our statistics.


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