Small intestine cancer incidence statistics

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Cases

New cases of small intestine cancer, 2016-2018, UK

 

Proportion of all cases

Percentage small intestine cancer is of total cancer cases, 2016-2018, UK

 

Age

Peak rate of small intestine cases, 2015-2017, UK

Trend over time

Change in small intestine cancer incidence rates since the early 1990s, UK

Small intestine cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all new cancer cases (2016-2018).[1-4]

In females in the UK, small intestine cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers (less than 1% of all new female cancer cases). In males in the UK, it is not among the 20 most common cancers (less than 1% of all new male cancer cases).

46% of small intestine cancer cases in the UK are in females, and 54% are in males.

Small intestine cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rate Open a glossary item) for persons are similar to the UK average in all the UK constituent countries.

Small Intestine Cancer (C17), Average Number of New Cases Per Year, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2016-2018

  England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland UK
Female Cases 674 83 42 23 823
Crude Rate 2.4 3.0 2.6 2.5 2.5
AS Rate 2.4 2.9 2.5 2.7 2.5
AS Rate - 95% LCL 2.3 2.6 2.1 2.0 2.4
AS Rate - 95% UCL 2.5 3.3 2.9 3.3 2.6
Male Cases 824 90 45 27 986
Crude Rate 3.0 3.4 2.9 2.9 3.0
AS Rate 3.4 3.7 3.0 3.4 3.4
AS Rate - 95% LCL 3.3 3.3 2.5 2.7 3.3
AS Rate - 95% UCL 3.6 4.1 3.5 4.2 3.5
Persons Cases 1,499 173 87 50 1,809
Crude Rate 2.7 3.2 2.8 2.7 2.7
AS Rate 2.9 3.3 2.7 3.1 2.9
AS Rate - 95% LCL 2.8 3.0 2.4 2.6 2.8
AS Rate - 95% UCL 3.0 3.5 3.0 3.6 3.0

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits around the AS Rate Open a glossary item

 

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/, March 2021.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2016-2018, ICD-10 C17.

Last reviewed:

Small intestine cancer incidence is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates being in older people. In the UK in 2015-2017, on average each year around a third of new cases (34%) were in people aged 75 and over.[1-4]

Age-specific incidence rates rise steadily from around age 30-34 and more steeply from around age 60-64 and drop in the oldest age groups.The highest rates are in in the 85 to 89 age group for females and the 80 to 84 age group for males.

Incidence rates are significantly lower in females than males in a number of (mainly older) age groups.The gap is widest at age 55 to 59, when the age-specific incidence rate is 1.6 times lower in females than males

Small intestine cancer (C17), Average Number of New Cases per Year and Age-Specific Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2015-2017

For small intestine cancer, like most cancer types, incidence increases with age. This largely reflects cell DNA damage accumulating over time. Damage can result from biological processes or from exposure to risk factors. A drop or plateau in incidence in the oldest age groups often indicates reduced diagnostic activity perhaps due to general ill health.

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, November 2019. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, December 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2015-2017, C17.1

Last reviewed:

Small intestine cancer European age-standardised (AS) incidence rates for females and males combined increased by 151% in the UK between 1993-1995 and 2015-2017.[1-4] The increase was of a similar size in females and males.

For females, small intestine cancer AS incidence rates in the UK increased by 151% between 1993-1995 and 2015-2017. For males, small intestine cancer AS incidence rates in the UK increased by 145% between 1993-1995 and 2015-2017.

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2005-2007 and 2015-2017), small intestine cancer AS incidence rates for females and males combined increased by 56%. In females AS incidence rates increased by 60%, and in males rates increased by 50%.

Small Intestine Cancer (ICD-10 C17), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, UK, 1993-2017

Small intestine cancer incidence rates have increased overall in all broad adult age groups in females and males combined in the UK since the early 1990s.[1-4] Rates in 25-49s have increased by 134%, in 50-59s have increased by 142%, in 60-69s have increased by 161%, in 70-79s have increased by 156%, and in 80+s have increased by 144%.

Small Intestine Cancer (ICD-10 C17), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, By Age, UK, 1993-2017

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, November 2019. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, December 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2019. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 1993-2017, ICD-10 C17.

Last reviewed:

Small intestine cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rates Open a glossary item) in England in females are similar in the most deprived quintile compared with the least, and in males are 22% higher in the most deprived quintile compared with the least (2013-2017).[1]

It is estimated that there are around 65 more cases of small intestine cancer each year in males in England than there would be if every deprivation quintile had the same age-specific crude incidence rates as the least deprived quintile.

Small Intestine Cancer (C17), Estimated Average Number of Excess Cases per Year and European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, by Deprivation Quintile, England, 2013-2017

No data are shown for females as the difference in age-standardised incidence rates between most and least deprived quintiles is not significant for females.

References

  1. Calculated by the Cancer Intelligence Team at Cancer Research UK, April 2020. Based on method reported in National Cancer Intelligence Network Cancer by Deprivation in England Incidence, 1996-2010 Mortality, 1997-2011 . Using cancer incidence data 2013-2017 (Public Health England) and population data 2013-2017 (Office for National Statistics) by Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015 income domain quintile, cancer type, sex, and five-year age band.

About this data

Data is for England, 2013-2017, ICD-10 C17.

Last reviewed:

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