Stomach cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of stomach cancer, 2014-2016 average, UK

Deaths

Deaths from stomach cancer, 2016, UK

Survival

Survive stomach cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Prevention

Stomach cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015

  • There are around 6,700 new stomach cancer cases in the UK every year, that's 18 every day (2014-2016).
  • Stomach cancer is the 17th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 2% of all new cancer cases (2016).
  • In females in the UK, stomach cancer is the 19th most common cancer, with around 2,200 new cases in 2016.
  • In males in the UK, stomach cancer is the 13th most common cancer, with around 4,400 new cases in 2016.
  • Incidence rates for stomach cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, stomach cancer incidence rates have decreased by more than half (52%) in the UK. Rates in females have decreased by more than half (52%) and rates in males have decreased by more than half (54%).
  • Over the last decade, stomach cancer incidence rates have decreased by more than a quarter (29%) in the UK. Rates in females have decreased by more than a quarter (28%), and rates in males have decreased by almost a third (31%).
  • Around 7 in 10 stomach cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage in England (2014), Scotland (2014) and Northern Ireland (2010-2014).
  • Most stomach cancers occur in the cardia.
  • Incidence rates for stomach cancer are projected to fall by 17% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 11 cases per 100,000 people by 2035.
  • Stomach cancer in England is more common in people living in the most deprived areas.
  • Stomach cancer is most common in Black people, then White people, and least common in Asian people.
  • An estimated 18,500 people who had previously been diagnosed with stomach cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 4,400 stomach cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's 12 every day (2015-2017).
  • Stomach cancer is the 14th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 3% of all cancer deaths (2017).
  • In females in the UK, stomach cancer is the 15th most common cause of cancer death, with around 1,500 deaths in 2017.
  • In males in the UK, stomach cancer is the 13th most common cause of cancer death, with around 2,800 deaths in 2017.
  • Mortality rates for stomach cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2015-2017).
  • Since the early 1970s, stomach cancer mortality rates have decreased by around four-fifths (79%) in the UK. Rates in males have decreased by almost four-fifths (78%), and rates in females have decreased by more than four-fifths (82%).
  • Over the last decade, stomach cancer mortality rates have decreased by around a third (32%) in the UK. Rates in males have decreased by a third (33%), and rates in females have decreased by around a third (34%).
  • Mortality rates for stomach cancer are projected to fall by 27% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 7 deaths per 100,000 people by 2035.
  • Stomach cancer deaths in England are more common in people living in the most deprived areas.

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  • 3 in 20 (15%) people diagnosed with stomach cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more (2010-11).
  • Around a fifth (19%) of people diagnosed with stomach cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for five years or more (2010-11).
  • More than 4 in 10 (42%) of people diagnosed with stomach cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for one year or more (2010-11).
  • Stomach cancer survival is higher in men than women at one-year, but similar at five- and ten-years.
  • Around a third of people in England diagnosed with stomach cancer aged 15-39 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around a tenth of people diagnosed aged 80 and over (2009-2013).
  • Stomach cancer survival is improving and has almost tripled in the last 40 years in the UK.
  • In the 1970s, around 5 in 100 people diagnosed with stomach cancer survived their disease beyond ten years, now it's 3 in 20.
  • Five-year relative survival for stomach cancer in men and women is below the European average in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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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 76 UK males and 1 in 130 UK females will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in their lifetime.
  • 54% of stomach cancer cases in the UK are preventable.

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  • 'Emergency presentation' is the most common route to diagnosing stomach cancer.
  • ‘Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but Northern Ireland, and ‘62-day wait’ is not met by any country for upper gastrointestinal cancers.
  • 22% of patients diagnosed with stomach cancer have surgery to remove the tumour as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • 11% of patients diagnosed with stomach cancer have radiotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • 35% of patients diagnosed with stomach cancer have chemotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.

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