Cancer of unknown primary is the 5th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 6% of all cancer deaths (2018).[1-3]
In females in the UK, cancer of unknown primary is the 4th most common cause of cancer death (7% 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).
52% of cancer of unknown primary deaths in the UK are in females, and 48% are in males (2018).
Cancer of unknown primary mortality rates (European
For cancer of unknown primary mortality differences between countries largely reflect differences in incidence.
Cancer Of Unknown Primary (C77-C80), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2018
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||13.9||13.2||14.8||11.6||14.1|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||14.8||16.0||18.5||16.5||14.9|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||16.2||15.2||18.5||13.8||16.5|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||17.3||18.6||23.2||19.9||17.5|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||15.0||14.5||17.0||13.3||15.2|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||15.7||16.6||19.9||17.1||15.8|
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths.
- Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, October 2019. 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, June 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.
About this data
Data is for UK, 2018, C77-C80.