Non-melanoma skin cancer statistics

New cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, 2015, UK

Deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer, 2016, UK

  • There are around 136,000 new non-melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK every year, that's more than 370 every day (2013-2015).
  • In males in the UK, there were around 80,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in 2015.
  • In females in the UK, there were around 62,100 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in 2015.
  • Incidence rates for non-melanoma skin cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2013-2015).
  • Since the early 1990s, non-melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by around two-and-a-half times (147%) in the UK. Rates in males have increased by around two-and-a-half times (141%), and rates in females have increased by around two-and-a-half times (143%).
  • Over the last decade, non-melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by around three-fifths (61%) in the UK. Rates in males have increased by around three-fifths (59%), and rates in females have increased by around three-fifths (61%).
  • There are around 950 non-melanoma skin cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's more than 2 every day (2014-2016).
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all cancer deaths (2016).
  • In males in the UK, non-melanoma skin cancer is the 18th most common cause of cancer death, with around 870 deaths in 2016.
  • In females in the UK, non-melanoma skin cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 450 deaths in 2016.
  • 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).
  • ‘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.

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