Incidence

The UKs average incidence rates across all main cancers (namely prostate, lung, breast, bowel, melanoma skin cancer, pancreatic, ovarian and blood cancers) in 2012 were similar to the European averages. However, this masks differences in incidence rates for individual cancers, where the UKs incidence rates are much higher than other European countries.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Note: The value shown for EURO4 on all charts is the average of France, Germany, Italy and Spain

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Lung cancer: The incidence rate for lung cancer in the UK is higher than in Europe - 45.1 per 100,000 of the population in the UK and 44.1 per 100,000 on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UKs incidence for lung cancer is the second highest after France.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Breast cancer: The incidence rate for breast cancer in the UK is, like colorectal cancer, one of the highest in Europe - 129.2 per 100,000 of the population in the UK and 106.06 per 100,000 on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UKs incidence for breast cancer is the highest.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Bowel cancer: The incidence rate for bowel cancer in the UK is slightly better than in Europe - 45.4 per 100,000 of the population in the UK and 46.3 per 100,000 on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UKs incidence rate is lower than all other countries apart from France, which has the lowest incidence rate.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Prostate cancer: The incidence rate for prostate cancer in the UK is higher than in Europe - 111.1 per 100,000 of the population in the UK and 105.5 per 100,000 of the population on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UKs incidence rate is lower than Germany and France.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Pancreatic cancer: Incidence for pancreatic cancer in the UK is slightly below the European average. In the UK, pancreatic cancer incidence rates are 9.6 per 100,000 of the population. This compares to a European average of 10.5 per 100,000 for the 27 EU countries. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK is the second lowest after Spain for incidence rate for pancreatic cancer.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Ovarian cancer: The UKs ovarian cancer incidence rate is higher than that of its European neighbours. The rate of newly diagnosed cases of ovarian cancer in the UK is 16 per 100,000 of the population compared to the European average of 12.6 per 100,000. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK has the highest incidence rate for ovarian cancer.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Melanoma skin cancer : The melanoma skin cancer incidence rate in the UK is much higher than the European average - 19 per 100,000 of the population in the UK and 13 per 100,000 on average in Europe. When compared to the other EURO5 countries, the UKs incidence rate for this cancer is the highest.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Leukaemia: The incidence rates for haematological cancers in the UK are higher than in Europe for each type of haematological cancer. For leukaemia, the UK incidence rate is 9.7 per 100,000 of the population compared to 9.2 per 100,000 on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK has the second highest incidence rate for leukaemia.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Hodgkin's lymphoma: The incidence rates for haematological cancers in the UK are higher than in Europe for each type of haematological cancer. For Hodgkin lymphoma, the UK incidence rate is 2.5 per 100,000 of the population compared to 2.3 per 100,000 on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK has the second highest incidence rate for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: The incidence rates for haematological cancers in the UK are higher than in Europe for each type of haematological cancer. For Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the UK incidence rate is 14.2 per 100,000 of the population compared to 11.6 per 100,000 on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK has the second highest incidence rate for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Multiple myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases: The incidence rates for haematological cancers in the UK are higher than in Europe for each type of haematological cancer. For multiple myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases, the UK incidence rate is 5.2 per 100,000 of the population compared to 4.5 per 100,000 on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK has the third highest incidence rate for multiple myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases.