- In the UK there were around 162,000 deaths from cancer in 2012, that's more than 440 people every day.
- More than one person dies from cancer every four minutes in the UK.
- 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 mortality statistics
Deaths from cancer, 2012, UK
Almost half of all deaths from cancer are from lung, bowel, breast or prostate cancers, 2012, UK
Proportion of UK deaths
Cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths, 2011, UK
- More than one in five of all cancer deaths are from lung cancer.
- Lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancers together account for almost half (46%) of all cancer deaths in the UK in 2012.
- More than three-quarters cancer deaths occur in people aged 65 years and over, and more than half occur in those aged 75 years and over.
- For the majority of cancer types, mortality rates are generally higher in people living in more deprived areas, particularly for smoking-related cancers such as laryngeal, lung and oral cavity cancers.
- For a malignant melanoma skin cancer, mortality rates are higher in people living in less deprived areas, because of lifestyle factors.
- 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 (September 2014)
- Data Table: Cancer incidence and mortality rates in the UK (September 2014)
- Data Table: Cancer cases and deaths in the UK (September 2014)
- Cancer Statistics report: Cancer incidence and mortality in the UK for the 10 most common cancers (September 2014)
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The latest mortality statistics available for all cancers in the UK are 2012.
ICD codes for mortality of common cancers are detailed within the types of cancer content.
Socio-economic variation statistics were calculated using 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. Full details on the data and methodology can be found in the Cancer by Deprivation in England (NCIN) report.
Projections of mortality data from 2011 to 2030 were based on the actual mortality data for 1971-2010.
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