Breast cancer mortality statistics

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Deaths

Deaths from breast cancer, 2015-2017, UK.

Percentage of all deaths

Percentage breast cancer contributes to total cancer deaths, 2015-2017, UK

 

Age

Peak mortality rate for breast cancer, 2015-2017, UK

Trend over time

Change in breast cancer mortality rates since the early 1970s, UK

Breast cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 7% of all cancer deaths (2017).[1-3]

In females in the UK, breast cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death (15% of all female cancer deaths). In males in the UK it is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death (less than 1% of all male cancer deaths).

99% of breast cancer deaths in the UK are in females, and 1% are in males.

Breast cancer mortality rates (European age-standardised (AS) rates) Open a glossary item are similar to the UK average in all the UK constituent countries.

Breast Cancer (C50), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2017

  England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland UK
Female Deaths 9,502 946 617 306 11,371
Crude Rate 33.8 34.0 38.9 32.2 34.0
AS Rate 33.3 32.5 35.2 34.3 33.4
AS Rate - 95% LCL 32.6 30.4 32.4 30.5 32.7
AS Rate - 95% UCL 34.0 34.5 37.9 38.2 34.0
Male Deaths 67 8 5 2 82
Crude Rate 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3
AS Rate 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3
AS Rate - 95% LCL 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2
AS Rate - 95% UCL 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.4
Persons Deaths 9,569 954 622 308 11,453
Crude Rate 17.2 17.6 19.9 16.5 17.3
AS Rate 18.4 18.3 19.5 19.4 18.5
AS Rate - 95% LCL 18.0 17.1 17.9 17.2 18.1
AS Rate - 95% UCL 18.8 19.5 21.0 21.6 18.8

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits Open a glossary item around the AS Rate Open a glossary item

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, 2017, ICD-10 C50.

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Breast cancer 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 almost half (47%) of deaths were in people aged 75 and over.[1-3] This largely reflects higher incidence and lower survival for breast cancer in older people.

Age-specific mortality rates rise steadily from around age 30-34 and more steeply from around age 70-74. The highest rates are in the 90+ age group for females and males. Mortality rates are significantly higher in females than males in a number of (mainly older) age groups. The gap is widest at age 35 to 39,when the age-specific mortality rate is 468 times higher in females than in males.

Breast Cancer (C50), Average Number of Deaths per Year and Age-Specific Mortality Rates per 100,000 Male Population, UK2015-2017

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits Open a glossary item around the AS Rate Open a glossary item
 

Breast Cancer (C50), Average Number of Deaths per Year and Age-Specific Mortality Rates per 100,000 Female Population, UK2015-2017

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits Open a glossary item  around the AS Rate Open a glossary item

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 C50.

Last reviewed:

Breast cancer European age-standardised (AS) Open a glossary item mortality rates for females and males combined decreased by 39% in the UK between 1971-1973 and 2015-2017.[1-3] The decrease was larger in males than in females.

For females, breast cancer AS mortality rates in the UK decreased by 35% between 1971-1973 and 2015-2017. For males, breast cancer AS mortality rates in the UK decreased by 45% between 1971-1973 and 2015-2017.

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2005-2007 and 2015-2017), breast cancer AS mortality rates for females and males combined decreased by 21%.[1-3] In females AS mortality rates decreased by 19%, and in males rates decreased by 27%.

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 1971-2017

For most cancer types, mortality trends largely reflect incidence and survival trends. For example, rising mortality may reflect rising incidence and stable survival, while falling mortality may reflect rising incidence and rising survival.

Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased overall in most broad adult age groups in females in the UK since the early 1970s, but have increased in some.[1-3] Rates in 25-49s have decreased by 58%, in 50-64s have decreased by 52%, in 65-69s have decreased by 44%, in 70-79s have decreased by 28% and in 80+s have increased by 5%.

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, By Age, Females, UK, 1971-2017

Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased overall in some broad adult age groups in males in the UK since the early 1970s, but have remained stable in others.[1-3] Rates in 25-49s have remained stable, in 50-64s have decreased by 57%, in 65-69s have decreased by 49%, in 70-79s have decreased by 53% and in 80+s have remained stable.

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, By Age, Males, UK, 1971-2017

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, 1971-2017, C50.

Last reviewed:

Breast cancer mortality rates are projected to fall by 26% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 31 deaths per 100,000 females by 2035.[1]

Breast cancer (C50), Observed and Projected Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, by Sex, UK, 1979-2035

It is projected that 11,876 deaths from breast cancer will occur in the UK in 2035.

References

  1. Smittenaar CR, Petersen KA, Stewart K, Moitt N. Cancer Incidence and Mortality Projections in the UK Until 2035. Brit J Cancer 2016.

About this data

Data is for: UK, 1979-2014 (observed), 2015-2035 (projected), ICD-10 C50

Projections are based on observed incidence and mortality rates and therefore implicitly include changes in cancer risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. It is not possible to assess the statistical significance of changes between 2014 (observed) and 2035 (projected) figures. Confidence intervals are not calculated for the projected figures. Projections are by their nature uncertain because unexpected events in future could change the trend. It is not sensible to calculate a boundary of uncertainty around these already uncertain point estimates. Changes are described as "increase" or "decrease" if there is any difference between the point estimates.

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There is evidence for a small association between female breast cancer mortality and deprivation in England.[1] England-wide data for 2007-2011 show European age-standardised Open a glossary item mortality rates are 6% higher for females living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived.[1]

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates by Deprivation Quintile, Females, England, 2007-2011

The estimated deprivation gradient in breast cancer mortality between females living in the most and least deprived areas in England has not changed in the period 2002-2011. It has been estimated that there would have been around 350 fewer female breast cancer deaths each year in England during 2007-2011 if all females experienced the same mortality rates as the least deprived.[1]

There is no evidence for an association between breast cancer mortality and deprivation in males in England.[1] England-wide data for 2007-2011 show European age-standardised mortality rates are similar for males living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived.[1]

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates by Deprivation Quintile, Males, England, 2007-2011

The estimated deprivation gradient in breast cancer mortality between males living in the most and least deprived areas in England has not changed in the period 2002-2011.[1

References

  1. Cancer Research UK and National Cancer Intelligence Network. Cancer by deprivation in England: Incidence, 1996-2010, Mortality, 1997-2011. London: NCIN; 2014.

About this data

Data is for: UK, 2007-2011, ICD-10 C50

Deprivation gradient statistics were calculated using mortality data for 2007-2011. The deprivation quintiles were calculated using the Income domain scores from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) from the following years: 2004, 2007 and 2010. Full details on the data and methodology can be found in the Cancer by Deprivation in England NCIN report.

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