Lung cancer is by far the most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for more than a fifth (22%) of all cancer deaths in males and females combined (2014).[1-3] The next most common causes of cancer death in UK people are bowel (10%), breast (7%) and prostate (7%) cancers. Though there are more than 200 types of cancer, just these four types – lung, bowel, breast and prostate – together account for almost half (46%) of all cancer deaths in the UK (2014).[1-3] Two of these types occur mainly or exclusively in only one sex.
The 20 Most Common Causes of Cancer Deaths, UK, 2014
Data in this chart do not sum to the all cancers combined total provided elsewhere, because 'Brain, other CNS (central nervous system) and intracranial' includes tumours that are malignant, benign and of uncertain or unknown behaviour but only the malignant tumours are included in 'all cancers combined' total.
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
- Data were provided by the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.