Anal cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of anal cancer, 2014-2016 average, UK

Deaths

Deaths from anal cancer, 2016, UK

Survival

Survive anal cancer for 10 or more years, 2009-2013, England

 

Preventable cases

Anal cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015

 

  • There are around 1,400 new anal cancer cases in the UK every year, that's around 4 every day (2014-2016).
  • Anal cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all new cancer cases (2016).
  • In females in the UK, anal cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 990 new cases in 2016.
  • In males in the UK, anal cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 500 new cases in 2016.
  • Incidence rates for anal cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, anal cancer incidence rates have increased by seven-tenths (70%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by around two times (111%), and rates in males have increased by more than a fifth (22%).
  • Over the last decade, anal cancer incidence rates have increased by two-fifths (40%) in the UK. Rates in males have increased by around a seventh (13%), and rates in females have increased by three-fifths (60%).
  • Incidence rates for anal cancer are projected to rise by 43% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 4 cases per 100,000 people by 2035.
  • Anal cancer in England is more common in people living in the most deprived areas.
  • An estimated 6,700 people who had previously been diagnosed with anal cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 370 anal cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's around 1 every day (2014-2016).
  • Anal cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all cancer deaths (2016).
  • In males in the UK, anal cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 160 deaths in 2016.
  • In females in the UK, anal cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 240 deaths in 2016.
  • Mortality rates for anal cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2014-2016).
  • Since the late 1970s, anal cancer mortality rates have increased by almost three-fifths (57%) in the UK. Rates in males have increased by almost a third (31%), and rates in females have increased by more than four-fifths (82%).
  • Over the last decade, anal cancer mortality rates have increased by more than a fifth (22%) in the UK. Rates in males have increased by a quarter (25%), and rates in females have increased by almost a quarter (23%).
  • Mortality rates for anal cancer are projected to rise by 51% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 1 death per 100,000 people by 2035.
  • Anal cancer deaths in England are more common in people living in the most deprived areas.

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  • Almost 6 in 10 (57%) people diagnosed with anal cancer in England survive their disease for ten years or more (2009-2013).
  • Almost two-thirds (64%) of people diagnosed with anal cancer in England survive their disease for five years or more (2009-2013).
  • Almost 9 in 10 (86%) people diagnosed with anal cancer in England survive their disease for one year or more (2009-2013).
  • Anal cancer 10-year survival in England is similar in men and women (2009-2013).
  • Anal cancer five-year survival in England is highest for adults diagnosed aged under 50 years old (2009-2013).
  • More than three-quarters of people in England diagnosed with anal cancer aged 15-49 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around half of people diagnosed aged 70-89 (2009-2013).

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  • A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • 1 in 676 UK males and 1 in 281 UK females will be diagnosed with anal cancer in their lifetime.
  • 91% of anal cancer cases in the UK are preventable.
  • 91% of anal cancer cases in the UK are caused by infections.

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  • 'GP referral' is the most common route to diagnosing anal cancer.
  • ‘Two-week wait’ standard is met by England, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all countries but Wales, and ‘62-day wait’ is not met by any country for lower gastrointestinal cancers.

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