cancer sites

Types of cancer

Breast, prostate and lung cancer account for more than half of the UK’s new cancer cases each year, but cancer is a disease that can develop in many parts of the body.  

The risk of developing a particular cancer depends on a number of factors and varies from person to person. 

body diagram showing bladder

Bladder cancer

Not smoking may reduce your risk of bladder cancer

colorectal cancer, colon, bowel cancer

Bowel cancer

Eating well and being a healthy weight can prevent bowel, or colorectal, cancer

breast cancer

Breast cancer

One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some stage in their lifetime

gallbladder cancer

Gallbladder cancer

Being a healthy weight can help to protect against gallbladder cancer

kidney cancer

Kidney cancer

Smoking and excess body fat increase your risk of developing this cancer

liver cancer

Liver cancer

Drinking alcohol, and being overweight or obese, increase the risk

lung cancer

Lung cancer

Not smoking is the best way to cut your risk but not taking supplements is important too

larynx cancer

Mouth and throat cancer

Being a healthy weight and not drinking alcohol can reduce your risk of this cancer

nasopharynx cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer is rare but there are ways to reduce your risk

Oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer

Cancer of the oesophagus is becoming more common but you can reduce your risk

ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer

Find the most up-to-date advice on ovarian cancer and how to reduce your risk 

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer

Being a healthy weight can help to protect against pancreatic cancer

prostate cancer

Prostate cancer

More than 100 cases of this cancer are diagnosed in men in the UK every day

prostate cancer

Stomach cancer

Cutting down on alcohol can help to cut your risk of stomach cancer

womb cancer

Womb cancer

Being active can reduce your risk of womb, or endometrial, cancer