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Vulval cancer statistics
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New cases of vulval cancer, 2015-2017, UK
Deaths from vulval cancer, 2016-2018, UK.
Survive vulval cancer for 10 or more years, 2009-2013, England
Vulval cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015
- There are around 1,300 new vulval cancer cases in the UK every year, that's more than 3 every day (2015-2017).
- In females in the UK, vulval cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 1,300 new cases in 2017.
- Vulval cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in females in the UK (2017).
- Vulval cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in females and males combined in the UK (2017).
- Incidence rates for vulval cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 90+ (2015-2017).
- Each year more than 4 in 10 (44%) of all new vulval cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed in females aged 75 and over (2015-2017).
- Since the early 1990s, vulval cancer incidence rates have increased by around a seventh (15%) in females in the UK (2015-2017).
- Over the last decade, vulval cancer incidence rates have increased by a tenth (10%) in females in the UK (2015-2017).
- Vulval cancer incidence rates in England in females are 74% higher in the most deprived quintile compared with the least (2013-2017).
- Around 250 cases of vulval cancer each year in England are linked with deprivation.
- An estimated 8,400 women who had previously been diagnosed with vulval cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.
- There are around 470 vulval cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's more than 1 every day (2016-2018).
- In females in the UK, vulval cancer is the 20th most common cause of cancer death, with around 470 deaths in 2018.
- Vulval cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in females in the UK (2018).
- Vulval cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in females and males combined in the UK (2018).
- Mortality rates for vulval cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 90+ (2016-2018).
- Each year 7 in 10 of all vulval cancer deaths (70%) in the UK are in females aged 75 and over (2016-2018).
- Since the early 1970s, vulval cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost two-fifths (37%) in females in the UK.
- Over the last decade, vulval cancer mortality rates have remained stable in females in the UK.
- Vulval cancer deaths in England are more common in females living in the most deprived areas.
- Almost 9 in 10 (86.1%) of women diagnosed with vulval cancer in England survive their disease for one year or more (2013-2017).
- Around 2 in 3 (67.1%) of women diagnosed with vulval cancer in England survive their disease for five years or more (2013-2017).
- Vagina and vulva cancer survival in England is highest for women diagnosed aged under 50 years old (2009-2013).
- More than 8 in 10 women in England diagnosed with vagina or vulva cancer aged 15-49 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with almost 6 in 10 women diagnosed aged 70-89 (2009-2013).
- When diagnosed at its earliest stage, more than 9 in 10 (96%) people with vulval cancer will survive their disease for one year or more, compared with more than 4 in 10 (43%) people when the disease is diagnosed at the latest stage.
- Five-year relative survival for vaginal and vulval cancer in women is above the European average in England but similar to the European average in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- 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 232 UK females will be diagnosed with vulval cancer in their lifetime.
- 69% of vulval cancer cases in the UK are preventable.
- 'Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but Northern Ireland and Wales, and ’62-day wait’ is met by all but Wales, Northern Ireland and only partly by Scotland for gynaecological cancers.
- Around 7 in 10 vulval cancer patients receive major surgical resection as part of their cancer treatment.
- 22% of patients diagnosed with vulval cancer have radiotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.
- 7% of patients diagnosed with vulval cancer have chemotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.
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