Non-melanoma skin cancer statistics

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Cases

New cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, 2015-2017, UK

Deaths

Deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer, 2015-2017, UK

 

  • There are nearly 152,000 new non-melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK every year, that's more than 410 every day (2015-2017).
  • In females in the UK, non-melanoma skin cancer accounted for around 65,400 new cancer cases in 2017.
  • In males in the UK, non-melanoma skin cancer accounted for around 86,100 new cancer cases in 2017.
  • Incidence rates for non-melanoma skin cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2015-2017).
  • Each year almost half (47%) of all new non-melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over (2015-2017).
  • Since the early 1990s, non-melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by more than two-and-a-half times (166%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by around two-and-a-half times (160%) and rates in males have increased by more than two-and-a-half times (161%) (2015-2017).
  • Over the last decade, non-melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by almost three-fifths (56%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by almost three-fifths (55%), and rates in males have increased by almost three-fifths (55%) (2015-2017).
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer incidence rates in England in females are 40% lower in the most deprived quintile compared with the least, and in males are 42% lower in the most deprived quintile compared with the least (2013-2017).
  • Around 25,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer each year in England are linked with lower deprivation (around 10,800 in females and around 14,200 in males).
  • There are around 720 non-melanoma skin cancer deaths in the UK every year, that’s around 2 every day (2013-2015).
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in the UK (2015).
  • In males in the UK, there are around 460 non-melanoma skin cancer deaths in the UK every year (2013-2015).
  • In females in the UK, there are around 260 non-melanoma skin cancer deaths in the UK every year (2013-2015).
  • Mortality rates for non-melanoma skin cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 90+ (2013-2015).
  • Since the early 1970s, non-melanoma skin cancer mortality rates have decreased by around a quarter (24%) in the UK. Rates in females have decreased by almost two-fifths (39%), and rates in males have decreased by a fifth (20%).
  • Over the last decade, non-melanoma skin cancer mortality rates have increased by around a seventh (13%) in the UK. Rates in females have remained stable, and rates in rates in males have remained stable.
  • 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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