One in two people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.
Lifetime risk of cancer
1 in 2 people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime
Risk in men
Males have the highest lifetime risk of prostate, lung and bowel cancers
Risk in women
Females have the highest lifetime risk of breast, lung and bowel cancers
Estimates of the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with cancer varies by cancer type, sex and age.
For females the cancer type with the highest lifetime risk is breast cancer followed by lung and bowel cancer. For males the cancer type with the highest lifetime risk is prostate cancer, again followed by lung cancer and bowel cancer.
Cancer is primarily a disease of older people, as the difference between the estimates for the percentage of people who are diagnosed with cancer by age 65 and over a lifetime show. For instance, for men there is a less than 2% risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer by age 65 but this increases to almost 8% over a lifetime.
The 15 Most Common Male and Female Cancers, Risk of Being Diagnosed with Cancer by Age 65 and Over a Lifetime, UK, 2012
|Up to Age 64 (%)||Lifetime Risk (%)||Lifetime Risk (1 in X)||Up to Age 64 (%)||Lifetime Risk (%)||Lifetime Risk (1 in X)|
|Brain, Other CNS and Intracranial Tumours (C70-C72, C75.1-C75.3, D32-D33, D35.2-D35.4, D42-D43, D44.3-D44.5)||0.61||1.35||74||0.60||1.37||73|
|Malignant Melanoma (C43)||0.71||1.94||52||0.90||1.85||54|
|Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (C82-C85)||0.66||2.12||48||0.47||1.73||58|
|Oral (C00-C06,C09-C10, C12-C14)||0.67||1.34||75||0.27||0.68||147|
- Sasieni PD, Shelton J, Ormiston-Smith N, et al. What is the lifetime risk of developing cancer?: The effect of adjusting for multiple primaries. Br J Cancer 2011;105(3):460-5.
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