Eye cancer statistics

Cases

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

Deaths

Deaths from eye cancer, 2016, UK

 

Survival

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

 

Prevention

Preventable cases of eye cancer, UK

  • There are around 810 new eye cancer cases in the UK every year, that's more than 2 every day (2014-2016).
  • Eye 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, eye cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 410 new cases in 2016.
  • In males in the UK, eye cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 450 new cases in 2016.
  • Incidence rates for eye cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 75 to 79 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, eye cancer incidence rates have increased by almost a quarter (23%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by almost a quarter (23%) and rates in males have increased by around a fifth (19%).
  • Over the last decade, eye cancer incidence rates have increased by more than a third (36%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by almost two-fifths (39%), and rates in males have increased by a third (33%).
  • Most eye cancers occur in the choroid.
  • 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 110 eye cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's around 2 every week (2014-2016).
  • 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 (2016).
  • In males in the UK, eye cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 60 deaths in 2016.
  • In females in the UK, eye cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 50 deaths in 2016.
  • Mortality rates for eye cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1970s, eye cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost three-fifths (55%) in the UK. Rates in males have decreased by more than half (53%), and rates in females have decreased by almost three-fifths (58%).
  • Over the last decade, eye cancer mortality rates have remained stable in the UK. Rates in males have remained stable, and rates in females 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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  • ‘Two-week wait’, ‘31-day wait’ and ’62-day wait’ standards are met by all countries for brain and CNS tumours.

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