Head and neck cancer is the 16th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 2% of all cancer deaths (2018).[1-3]
In females in the UK, head and neck cancer is the 17th most common cause of cancer death (2% of all female cancer deaths). In males in the UK, it is the 11th most common cause of cancer death (3% of all male cancer deaths).
30% of head and neck cancer deaths in the UK are in females, and 70% are in males (2018).
Head and neck cancer mortality rates (European age-standardised
For head and neck cancer, there are mortality differences between countries despite there being no such differences in incidence.
Head and Neck Cancer (C00-C14, C30-C32), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2018
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||3.3||4.1||1.8||3.6||3.4|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||3.7||5.8||3.3||6.5||3.8|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||9.1||12.5||8.0||10.0||9.6|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||9.8||15.5||11.1||15.0||10.3|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||6.0||8.1||5.0||7.0||6.3|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||6.5||9.7||6.7||9.8||6.7|
- 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, C00-C14, C30-C32.