Breast cancer has been the most common cancer in the UK since 1997, despite the fact that it is rare in males. It is by far the most common cancer among females in the UK (2013), accounting for 31% of all new cases of cancer in females.[1-4]
In 2013, there were 53,696 new cases of breast cancer in the UK: 53,252 (99%) in females and 344 (1%) in males, giving a female:male ratio of 155:1.[1-4] The
Breast Cancer (C50), Number of New Cases, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2013
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||1.2||0.5||1.0||0.5||1.2|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||1.5||1.7||2.0||2.4||1.5|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||168.2||169.0||164.4||146.1||168.2|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||171.3||181.9||174.1||163.0||171.1|
Breast cancer incidence rates throughout the UK vary only moderately between most cancer networks, but there are notably higher rates in parts of the Midlands and north west Scotland, and lower rates in parts of London.[5,6]
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/index.html.
- Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/index.asp#605
- Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit on request, February 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=242&pid=51358
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, March 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/
- NCIN. Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Cancer Network, UK, 2005. London: NCIN; 2008.
- NCIN. Cancer e-Atlas.