Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) statistics

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Cases

New cases of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia each year, 2016-2018 average, UK.

Deaths

Deaths from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, 2016-2018, UK.

  • There are around 790 new acute lymphoblastic leukaemia cases in the UK every year, that's around 2 every day (2016-2018).
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia accounted for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in the UK in 2016-2018.
  • In females in the UK, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia accounted for around 330 new cancer cases every year (2016-2018).
  • In males in the UK, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia accounted for around 460 new cancer cases every year in 2016-2018.
  • Incidence rates for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in the UK are highest in people aged 0 to 04 (2015-2017).
  • Each year around 5 in 100 (6%) of all new acute lymphoblastic leukaemia cases in the UK are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over (2015-2017).
  • Since the early 1990s, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia incidence rates have remained stable in the UK. Rates in females have remained stable and rates in males have remained stable (2015-2017).
  • Over the last decade, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia incidence rates have remained stable in the UK. Rates in females have remained stable, and rates in males have remained stable (2015-2017).
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia 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 8,200 people who had previously been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 250 acute lymphoblastic leukaemia deaths in the UK every year, that's around 5 every week (2016-2018).
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia accounted for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in the UK in 2018.
  • In females in the UK, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia accounted for around 120 deaths in 2018.
  • In males in the UK, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia accounted for around 150 deaths in 2018.
  • Mortality rates for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2016-2018).
  • Each year a fifth of all acute lymphoblastic leukaemia deaths (20%) in the UK are in people aged 75 and over (2016-2018).
  • Since the early 1970s, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia mortality rates have decreased by half (50%) in the UK. Rates in females have decreased by almost half (46%), and rates in males have decreased by more than half (54%).
  • Over the last decade, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia mortality rates have remained stable in the UK. Rates in females have remained stable, and rates in males have remained stable.
  • Leukaemia (ALL) in England is not associated with deprivation.

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  • Five-year relative survival for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in men is similar to the European average in England Wales and Scotland.
  • Five-year relative survival for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in women is similar to the European average in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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