Cancer of unknown primary is the 6th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 5% of all cancer deaths (2017).[1-3]
In females in the UK, cancer of unknown primary is the 4th most common cause of cancer death (6% of all female cancer deaths). In males in the UK it is the 6th most common cause of cancer death (5% of all male cancer deaths).
54% of cancer of unknown primary deaths in the UK are in females, and 46% are in males.
Cancer of unknown primary mortality rates (
Cancer Of Unknown Primary (C77-C80), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2017
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||13.6||13.5||13.6||8.7||13.7|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||14.5||16.3||17.2||13.1||14.5|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||15.1||15.5||15.5||13.2||15.3|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||16.1||19.0||19.9||19.3||16.3|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||14.3||14.7||15.0||11.4||14.5|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||15.0||16.9||17.8||15.0||15.1|
For cancer of unknown primary mortality differences between countries largely reflect differences in incidence.
- 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, 2017, ICD-10 C77-C80.