Leukaemia is the 12th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 3% of all cancer deaths (2017).[1-3]
In females in the UK, leukaemia is the 12th most common cause of cancer death (3% 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).
41% of leukaemia deaths in the UK are in females, and 59% are in males.
Leukaemia mortality rates (European age-standardised
Leukaemia (C91-C95), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2017
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||5.4||4.2||4.2||3.4||5.3|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||5.9||5.8||6.3||6.3||5.8|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||10.1||9.0||8.4||5.6||10.1|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||11.0||11.7||11.6||9.8||10.8|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||7.6||6.6||6.5||4.8||7.5|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||8.0||8.0||8.4||7.2||7.9|
For leukaemia mortality differences between countries largely reflect differences in incidence.
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2018. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths.
- Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, October 2018. 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, March 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.
About this data
Data is for UK, 2017, 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.