- 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.
Cancer mortality statistics
Deaths from cancer, 2014, UK
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
- Lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancers together account 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).
- The most common causes of cancer death vary considerably by age group, because different cancer types tend to be diagnosed in young people compared with older people.
- Cancer deaths in England are more common in people living in the most deprived areas.
- There are around 19,000 extra deaths from cancer, per year, in England, because of socio-economic variation.
- Mortality rates have been declining since the early 1990s and are expected to continue to decline.
- The number of people dying from cancer is expected to increase, because of the aging and expanding population.
- Data Table: Cancer deaths and rates by country in the UK (July 2016)
- Data Table: Cancer mortality rates in the UK (July 2016)
- Data Table: Cancer deaths in the UK (July 2016)
See in-depth statistics for all cancers combined, common cancers, by age at death, by socio-economic variation and projections.
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The latest mortality statistics available for all cancers in the UK are 2014.
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.
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