Liver cancer preventability statistics

Liver cancer incidence

In the UK in 2013, 5,373 cases of liver cancer were diagnosed.

Of these cancer cases, 3,466 were in men and 1,907 were in women.

Liver cancer mortality

In the UK in 2013, there were 4,846 deaths from liver cancer.

Of these deaths, 2,934 were men and 1,912 were women.

Proportion preventable

Smoking is a risk factor for liver cancer. But scientists also estimate the following proportion of liver cancer cases could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:

Lifestyle factor Increase or decrease risk? Approximate % preventable
Body fatness Increase 20
Alcohol Increase 3

There is also convincing evidence that aflatoxins, a substance produced by a type of fungus, increase the risk of liver cancer.

Find out more about preventability estimates or, for more detailed information, download appendix A of our policy report.


The figures come from the following sources: incidence for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland; mortality for England and WalesScotland and Northern Ireland.