Mortality

In the last two decades, cancer deaths in Europe increased by 11%. However, once demographic factors, such as population aging, are taken into account, cancer mortality has actually decreased markedly in all countries in Europe except Romania and Bulgaria. This was largely driven by advances in medical treatment, screening and diagnostics.

Overall the UK mortality rates are similar to the European averages. Prostate cancer is the only cancer whose mortality rate in the UK is much higher than elsewhere in Europe (22.8 per 100,000 against 18.9 per 100,000).

World Health Organisation, Cancer mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

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

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Lung cancer: The UK mortality rate for lung cancer is 38.8 per 100,000 of the population compared to the European average of 36.5 per 100,000. The mortality rate in the UK for lung cancer is the highest among the EURO5 countries.

World Health Organisation, Cancer mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Breast cancer: The European average mortality rate for breast cancer is 22.4 per 100,000 of the population. The UK mortality rate is higher - 24.8 per 100,000 of the population. Compared to the other EURO5 countries, the UK mortality rate is currently the highest.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Large bowel cancer: Large bowel cancer mortality rate in the UK is 16.8 per 100,000 of the population compared to 18.4 per 100,000 on average in Europe. The UK is among the ten European countries with the lowest mortality rate for this type of cancer. Among the EURO5 countries, the UK performs better than France and Germany for the large bowel cancer mortality rate.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Prostate cancer: The mortality rate for prostate cancer in the UK is markedly higher than in Europe. While the European average mortality rate for this type of cancer is 18.9 per 100,000 of the population, the UKs average is 22.8 per 100,000 of the population. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK has the highest mortality rate for this type of cancer.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Pancreatic cancer: The UK mortality rate for pancreatic cancer is 9 per 100,000 while the average in Europe is 10.1 per 100,000. Compared to the other EURO5 countries, the UKs mortality rate is only higher than that of Spain for this type of cancer.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Ovarian cancer: The UK mortality rate for ovarian cancer is 8.4 per 100,000 while the average in Europe is 7.4 per 100,000. Compared to the other EURO5 countries, the UKs mortality rate for ovarian cancer is the highest.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Melanoma skin cancer: Melanoma skin cancer mortality rate in the UK is 2.6 per 100,000 while the average in Europe is 2.2 per 100,000. When compared to the other EURO5 countries, the UK mortality rate for this cancer is the highest.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Leukaemia: The mortality rate in the UK for leukaemia is 4.8 per 100,000 compared to the EU average of 5.2 per 100,000. Among the EURO5 countries, the mortality rate in the UK for this type of cancer is only higher than Spain.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Hodgkin's lymphoma: The mortality rate in the UK for this cancer is the same as the European average - 0.4 per 100,000 but it is the second highest among the EURO5 countries.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: The mortality rate in the UK for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is 4.5 per 100,000 compared to a EU average of 3.8 per 100,000. The UK mortality rate for this cancer is the highest among all other EURO5 countries.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

Multiple myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases: The mortality rate in the UK for multiple myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases is 2.9 per 100,000 compared to a EU average of 2.5 per 100,000. The UK mortality rate for this cancer is the highest among all other EURO5 countries.