All cancers combined mortality is strongly related to age, with the highest mortality rates being in older people. In the UK in 2015-2017, on average each year more than half (53%) of deaths were in people aged 75 and over.[1-3] This largely reflects higher incidence and lower survival for all cancers combined in older people.
Age-specific mortality rates rise steadily from around age 50-54 and more steeply from around age 75-79. The highest rates are in the 90+ age group for females and males. Mortality rates are significantly higher in females than males in the 30-54 age groups and significantly lower in females than males in the older age groups The gap is widest at age 90+,when the age-specific mortality rate is 2 times lower in females than in males.
All Cancers Combined (C00-C97), Average Number of Deaths per Year and Age-Specific Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2015-2017
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2018. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths.
- Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, October 2018. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/index.asp.
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, March 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.
About this data
Data is for UK, 2015-2017, ICD-10 C00-97.