Leukaemia is the 13th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 3% of all new cancer cases (2016).[1-4]
In females in the UK it is the 12th most common cancer (1% of all new female cancer cases). In males in the UK, leukaemia is the 10th most common cancer (3% of all new male cancer cases).
40% of leukaemia cases in the UK are in females, and 60% are in males.
Leukaemia incidence rates (European age-standardised
Leukaemia (C91-C95), Number of New Cases, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2016
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||11.3||7.5||10.1||6.8||11.0|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||12.1||9.7||13.4||10.7||11.8|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||20.2||14.0||17.8||12.4||19.6|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||21.4||17.2||22.4||18.0||20.7|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||15.5||10.7||14.3||10.1||15.1|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||16.2||12.6||17.1||13.4||15.7|
For leukaemia, there are few established risk factors therefore differences between countries largely reflect differences in diagnosis and data recording.
- Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, August 2018. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2018. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, February 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, April 2018. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.
About this data
Data is for UK, 2016, ICD-10 C91-C95.
The term leukaemia describes four main subtypes, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), chronic lymphoblastic leukaemia (CLL), acute myeloid leukaemia (CML) and chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), as well as a number of less common types. It is important to recognise the variation between these subtypes when interpreting statistics on leukaemia as a whole.