Cancer statistics in the UK

We study data and fund research to understand the lived experiences of people living with cancer, and to improve outcomes and services.

An overview of UK cancer statistics

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3 million
We estimate that there are more than 3 million people living with cancer in the UK.
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90 seconds
On average someone is diagnosed with cancer at least every 90 seconds in the UK.
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167,000 deaths
Each year, around 167,000 people die from cancer in the UK, an average of 460 people every day.

Cancer prevalence

Cancer incidence

Mortality rate

Cancer diagnosis and treatment


Times of need and cancer

Cancer experience

Cancer Services

We estimate that over 2 million people were reached and supported by Macmillan's services in 2023.

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