Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) statistics

Cases

New cases of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, 2014-2016 average, UK

Deaths

Deaths from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, 2015-2017, UK.

  • There are around 3,800 new chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cases in the UK every year, that's 10 every day (2014-2016).
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is not among the 20 most common cancers in the UK, accounting for 1% of all new cancer cases (2016).
  • In females in the UK, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 1,400 new cases in 2016.
  • In males in the UK, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 2,300 new cases in 2016.
  • Incidence rates for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia incidence rates have increased by around a sixth (18%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by around a seventh (15%) and rates in males have increased by around a seventh (13%).
  • Over the last decade, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia incidence rates have increased by more than a twentieth (7%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by more than a twentieth (7%), and rates in males have remained stable.
  • Leukaemia (CLL) in England is not associated with deprivation.
  • An estimated 20,200 people who had previously been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 990 chronic lymphocytic leukaemia deaths in the UK every year, that's nearly 3 every day (2015-2017).
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia accounted for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in the UK in 2017.
  • In females in the UK, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia accounted for around 380 deaths in 2017.
  • In males in the UK, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia accounted for around 570 deaths in 2017.
  • Mortality rates for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1970s, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia mortality rates have decreased by around a seventh (14%) in the UK. Rates in males have decreased by almost a sixth (16%), and rates in females have decreased by around a fifth (19%).
  • Over the last decade, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia mortality rates have decreased by a fifth (20%) in the UK. Rates in males have decreased by a fifth (20%), and rates in females have decreased by almost a quarter (23%).
  • Leukaemia (CLL) in England is not associated with deprivation.

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  • Five-year relative survival for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in men is similar to the European average in England, Wales and Scotland but below the European average in Northern Ireland.
  • Five-year relative survival for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in women is similar to the European average in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but above the European average in Scotland.

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