Leukaemia is the 12th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 3% of all cancer deaths (2018).[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 13th 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 (2018).
Leukaemia mortality rates (European age-standardised
For leukaemia mortality differences between countries largely reflect differences in incidence.
Leukaemia (C91-C95), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2018
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||5.3||4.5||4.6||2.9||5.3|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||5.8||6.2||6.8||5.6||5.7|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||9.5||8.7||8.5||6.2||9.5|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||10.3||11.3||11.7||10.5||10.2|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||7.2||6.6||6.6||4.8||7.2|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||7.7||8.1||8.5||7.2||7.6|
- 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, 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.