How we Die: Cancer. Which cancers kill the most?

Which cancers kill the most?

Which cancers kill the most?

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in developed countries; the first being heart disease. In 2007, cancer accounted for 24% of deaths in England: 110,400 deaths out of the total 470,700. 

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues and organs in our body. Cancer is the general name given to a group of diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start - for example, cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer; cancer that begins in melanocytes of the skin is called melanoma. 

In this infographic we highlight the cancers that kill the most number of people.

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Avi Roy

- PhD student researching Aging, Mitochondria, and Regenerative Medicine - I currently write for The Conversation ( and I have written for The Guardian ( - Ringleader of the Oxford University Scientific Society - Co-conspirator at the Oxford Transhumanism and Emerging Technologies - Designing exciting events with the British Science Association Oxford - Advisory Board member at Lifeboat Foundation's Life Extension Board, and the Sustainability Board - Also, I am an Ultimate (frisbee) enthusiast - Yes, unfortunately that's me trying to catch the frisbee