Melanoma skin cancer statistics

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Cases

New cases of melanoma skin cancer each year, 2016-2018 average, UK.

Deaths

Deaths from melanoma skin cancer, 2016-2018, UK.

 

Survival

Survive melanoma skin cancer for 10 or more years, 2013-2017, England

Preventable cases

Melanoma skin cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015

 

  • There are around 16,700 new melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK every year, that's 46 every day (2016-2018).
  • Melanoma skin cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 4% of all new cancer cases (2016-2018).
  • In females in the UK, melanoma skin cancer is the 5th most common cancer, with around 8,400 new cases every year (2016-2018).
  • In males in the UK, melanoma skin cancer is the 6th most common cancer, with around 8,400 new cases every year (2016-2018).
  • Incidence rates for melanoma skin cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2016-2018).
  • Each year more than a quarter (29%) of all new melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over (2016-2018).
  • Since the early 1990s, melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have more than doubled (140%) in the UK. Rates in females have around doubled (106%), and rates in males have almost tripled (186%) (2016-2018).
  • Over the last decade, melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by around a third (32%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by more than a quarter (27%), and rates in males have increased by almost two-fifths (38%) (2016-2018).
  • See our new Early Diagnosis Data Hub for statistics on stage at diagnosis for melanoma skin cancer.
  • Most melanoma skin cancers occur in the trunk or legs.
  • Incidence rates for melanoma skin cancer are projected to rise by 7% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 32 cases per 100,000 people by 2035.
  • Melanoma skin cancer incidence rates in England in females are 52% lower in the most deprived quintile compared with the least, and in males are 54% lower in the most deprived quintile compared with the least (2013-2017).
  • Around 4,000 cases of melanoma skin cancer each year in England are linked with lower deprivation (around 2,000 in females and around 2,000 in males).
  • Melanoma skin cancer is most common in White people than Asian or Black people.
  • An estimated 110,300 people who had previously been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 2,300 melanoma skin cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's more than 6 every day (2016-2018).
  • Melanoma skin cancer is the 19th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 1% of all cancer deaths (2018).
  • In females in the UK, melanoma skin cancer is the 18th most common cause of cancer death, with around 940 deaths in 2018.
  • In males in the UK, melanoma skin cancer is the 17th most common cause of cancer death, with around 1,400 deaths in 2018.
  • Mortality rates for melanoma skin cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2016-2018).
  • Each year almost half of all melanoma skin cancer deaths (47%) in the UK are in people aged 75 and over (2016-2018).
  • Since the early 1970s, melanoma skin cancer mortality rates have increased by around two-and-a-half times (144%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by around three-quarters (76%), and rates in males have more than tripled (226%).
  • Over the last decade, melanoma skin cancer mortality rates have remained stable in the UK. Rates in females have remained stable, and rates in males have increased by almost a tenth (8%).
  • Mortality rates for melanoma skin are projected to fall by 15% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 4 deaths per 100,000 people by 2035.
  • Melanoma skin cancer deaths are less common in males living in the most deprived areas.

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  • Almost all (98.2%) of people diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in England survive their disease for one year or more (2013-2017).
  • Around 9 in 10 (91.3%) of people diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in England survive their disease for five years or more (2013-2017).
  • It is predicted that almost 9 in 10 (87.4%) of people diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in England survive their disease for ten years or more (2013-2017).
  • Melanoma skin cancer survival for females is higher than for males at one-, five- and ten-years.
  • 95% of people in England diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer aged 15-39 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with more than 8 in 10 people diagnosed aged 80 and over (2009-2013).
  • Melanoma skin cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.
  • In the 1970s, almost half of people diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer survived their disease beyond ten years, now it's 9 in 10.
  • When diagnosed at its earliest stage, all (100%) people with melanoma skin cancer will survive their disease for one year or more, compared with more than 1 in 2 (53%) people when the disease is diagnosed at the latest stage.
  • Five-year relative survival for melanoma skin cancer in men is above the European average in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland but below the European average in Wales.
  • Five-year relative survival for melanoma skin cancer in women is above the European average in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland but similar to the European average in Wales.

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  • A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • 1 in 36 UK males and 1 in 47 UK females will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • 86% of melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK are preventable.

See more in-depth melanoma skin cancer risk statistics

  • ‘Two week wait’ standards are met by all countries and ’31 day wait’ and ’62 day wait’ are met by all but Northern Ireland, for skin cancer.
  • Most patients with melanoma skin cancer are treated with surgery.

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