Eye cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of eye cancer, 2013, UK

Deaths

Deaths from eye cancer, 2014, UK

 

  • There were around 660 new cases of eye cancer in the UK in 2013, that’s around 2 cases diagnosed every day.
  • Eye cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cases in the UK (2013).
  • In males, there were around 360 cases of eye cancer diagnosed in the UK in 2013.
  • In females, there were around 310 cases of eye cancer diagnosed in the UK in 2013.
  • Almost half (46%) of eye cancer cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in people aged 65 and over (2011-2013).
  • Since the late 1970s, eye cancer incidence rates have increased by almost a third (31% increase) in Great Britain. The increase is similar in females (29%), and males (31%).
  • Over the last decade, eye cancer incidence rates have increased by around a tenth (11%) in the UK, though the change is not significant for males and females separately.
  • Most eye cancers occur in the choroid.
  • 1 in 1,205 men and 1 in 1,330 women will be diagnosed with eye cancer during their lifetime.

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  • There were around 120 eye cancer deaths in the UK in 2014, that’s more than 2 deaths every week.
  • Eye cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in the UK (2014).
  • In males in the UK, there were around 55 eye cancer deaths in 2014.
  • In females in the UK, there were around 65 eye cancer deaths in 2014.
  • Almost 6 in 10 (56%) eye cancer deaths in the UK each year are in people aged 70 and over (2012-2014).
  • Mortality rates for eye cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2012-2014).
  • Since the early 1970s, eye cancer mortality rates have decreased by more than a half (54%) in the UK, with a similar decrease in males (56%) and females (54%).
  • Over the last decade, eye cancer mortality rates have remained stable in the UK, for males and females combined and separately.

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  • ‘Two-week wait’, ‘31-day wait’ and ’62-day wait’ standards are met by all countries for brain and CNS tumours.
  • Around 9 in 10 patients had a ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ patient experience.
  • Around 9 in 10 patients are given the name of their Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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The latest statistics available for eye cancer in the UK are; incidence 2013 and mortality 2014. Risk factors information are in production. Reliable survival data for the UK is currently not available.

The ICD code for eye cancer is ICD-10 C69.

European Age-Standardised Rates were calculated using the 1976 European Standard Population (ESP) unless otherwise stated as calculated with ESP2013. ASRs calculated with ESP2013 are not comparable with ASRs calculated with ESP1976.

Lifetime risk estimates were calculated using incidence, mortality, population and all-cause mortality data for 2010-2012 due to the small number of cases.

Cancer waiting times statistics are for patients who entered the health care system within financial year 2014-15. Eye cancer is part of the group 'Brain and CNS tumours' for cancer waiting times data. Codes vary per country but broadly include: peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system, eye and adnexa, meninges, brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves and other parts of the CNS, and secondary cancers of brain and cerebral meninges and other and unspecified parts of nervous system.

Patient Experience data is for adult patients in England with a primary diagnosis of cancer, who were in active treatment between September and November 2013 and who completed a survey in 2014.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data.

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