Cancer statistics

Estimate of preventable cancers in the UK

Here we provide the latest cancer statistics for the UK, as well as what proportion of cancer cases could be prevented.

Cancer incidence

In the UK in 2015, 359,734 cases of cancer were diagnosed.

Of these cancer cases, 182,749 were in men, and 176,985 were in women.

Cancer mortality

In the UK in 2015, there were 163,930 cancer deaths.

Of these deaths, 87,138 were men and 76,792 were women.

Preventable cancers

Overall, scientists estimate that around 40 per cent of cancer cases could be prevented. That's around 144,000 cases every year in the UK. Eating a healthy diet, being more active each day and maintaining a healthy weight are important ways you can reduce your cancer risk.