Eye cancer statistics

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Cases

New cases of eye cancer each year, 2016-2018 average, UK.

Deaths

Deaths from eye cancer, 2016-2018, UK.

Survival

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

 

Prevention

Preventable cases of eye cancer, UK

  • There are around 850 new eye cancer cases in the UK every year, that's more than 2 every day (2016-2018).
  • Eye cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all new cancer cases (2016-2018).
  • In females in the UK, eye cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 400 new cases every year (2016-2018).
  • In males in the UK, eye cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 450 new cases every year (2016-2018).
  • Incidence rates for eye cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2016-2018).
  • Each year almost a quarter (23%) of all new eye cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over (2016-2018).
  • Since the early 1990s, eye cancer incidence rates have increased by more than a quarter (27%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by around a quarter (26%), and rates in males have increased by around a quarter (24%) (2016-2018).
  • Over the last decade, eye cancer incidence rates have increased by almost two-fifths (38%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by two-fifths (40%), and rates in males have increased by around a third (34%) (2016-2018).
  • Most eye cancers occur in the choroid.
  • Eye cancer incidence rates in England in females are similar in the most deprived quintile compared with the least, and in males are similar in the most deprived quintile compared with the least (2013-2017).
  • An estimated 5,800 people who had previously been diagnosed with eye cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 120 eye cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's more than 2 every week (2016-2018).
  • Eye cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all cancer deaths (2018).
  • In females in the UK, eye cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 60 deaths in 2018.
  • In males in the UK, eye cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 65 deaths in 2018.
  • Mortality rates for eye cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2016-2018).
  • Each year around 4 in 10 of all eye cancer deaths (41%) in the UK are in people aged 75 and over (2016-2018).
  • Since the early 1970s, eye cancer mortality rates have decreased by more than half (53%) in the UK. Rates in females have decreased by almost three-fifths (58%), and rates in males have decreased by around half (49%).
  • Over the last decade, eye cancer mortality rates have remained stable in the UK. Rates in females have remained stable, and rates in males have remained stable.

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  • 6 in 10 (60%) people diagnosed with eye cancer in England survive their disease for ten years or more (2009-2013).
  • 7 in 10 (70%) people diagnosed with eye cancer in England survive their disease for five years or more (2009-2013).
  • 95% of people diagnosed with eye cancer in England survive their disease for one year or more (2009-2013).
  • Eye cancer 10-year survival in England is similar in men and women (2009-2013).
  • Eye cancer survival in England is highest for adults diagnosed aged under 50 years old (2009-2013).
  • Around 8 in 10 people in England diagnosed with eye cancer aged 15-49 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with almost two-thirds 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 930 UK males and 1 in 1,049 UK females will be diagnosed with eye cancer in their lifetime.

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