Stomach cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of stomach cancer, 2011, UK

Deaths

Deaths from stomach cancer, 2012, UK

Survival

Survive stomach cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Prevention

Preventable cases of stomach cancer, UK

  • In 2011 in the UK, around 7,100 people were diagnosed with stomach cancer, that's more than 19 every day.
  • Stomach cancer is the eleventh most common cancer in men in the UK with around 4,600 new cases in 2011.
  • Around 2,500 women in the UK were diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2011, making it the 15th most common cancer in females.
  • Around 9 in 10 new cases of stomach cancer occur in people aged 55 and over.
  • Stomach cancer incidence rates in Britain have more than halved since the late 1980s.
  • In Europe, more than 139,000 new cases of stomach cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012. The UK incidence rate is fifth lowest in Europe for males and fourth lowest for females.
  • Worldwide, more than 951,000 people were diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2012, with incidence rates varying across the world.

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  • Around 4,800 people in the UK died from stomach cancer in 2012, that's 13 every day.
  • Stomach cancer is the tenth most common cause of cancer death in the UK.
  • Stomach cancer is the seventh most common cause of cancer death in men in the UK with around 3,000 deaths in 2012.
  • In women in the UK, stomach cancer is the twelfth most common cause of cancer death with around 1,700 deaths in 2012.
  • Stomach cancer mortality rates in the UK have fallen by more than three-quarters over the last 40 years.
  • In Europe, more than 107,000 people were estimated to have died from stomach cancer in 2012. The UK mortality rate is seventh lowest in Europe for males and fourth lowest for females.
  • Worldwide, around 723,000 people were estimated to have died from stomach cancer in 2012, with mortality rates varying across the world.

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  • 75% (78% in males and 69% in females) of stomach cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.
  • A person’s risk of developing stomach cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • H Pylori infection is the main potentially avoidable risk factor for stomach cancer, linked to an estimated 32% of stomach cancer cases in the UK.
  • An estimated 75% of stomach cancers in the UK are linked to lifestyle factors including H pylori infection, consuming too much salt (24%), and smoking (22%).
  • Ionising radiation and certain occupational exposures cause stomach cancer.
  • A diet high in fruit and vegetables may protect against stomach cancer – insufficient fruit and vegetables intake is linked to an estimated 36% of stomach cancer cases in the UK.
  • Alcohol, certain medical conditions, and overweight and obesity may relate to higher stomach cancer risk, but evidence is unclear.

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The latest statistics available for stomach cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2010-2011.

The ICD code Open a glossary item for stomach cancer is ICD-10 C16.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stage Open a glossary item and co-morbidities Open a glossary item. The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics.

Meta-analyses and systematic reviews Open a glossary item are cited where available, as they provide the best overview of all available research and most take study quality into account. Individual case-control and cohort studies Open a glossary item are reported where such aggregated data are lacking.

Generally, the studies cited in our risk factors section are on stomach adenocarcinoma Open a glossary item.

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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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