Leukaemia is the 12th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 3% of all cancer deaths (2016).[1-3]
In males in the UK, leukaemia is the 14th most common cause of cancer death (3% of all male cancer deaths). In females in the UK it is the 12th most common cause of cancer death (3% of all female cancer deaths).
58% of leukaemia deaths in the UK are in males, and 42% are in females.
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, 2016
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||9.9||9.4||8.0||7.6||9.9|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||10.7||12.2||11.2||12.5||10.7|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||5.5||5.0||5.3||3.9||5.5|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||6.0||6.8||7.7||7.0||6.1|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||7.5||7.2||6.9||5.9||7.5|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||8.0||8.8||8.9||8.6||8.0|
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths.
- Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, October 2017. 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, December 2017. 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.