Cancer Facts

  • Cancer is the single biggest killer in the UK.
  • Every year, more than 150,000 people die from cancer.
  • Cancer is the cause of a quarter of all deaths in the UK.
  • Lung cancer is the most common killer for women, followed by breast cancer.
  • Lung cancer is also the most common killer for men.
  • Each year in the UK over 37,000 men and women are diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • Smoking is the single most important cause of preventable disease and premature death: 90 per cent of all lung cancers are caused by smoking, either directly or through indirect exposure (ASH).