top ten cancers in women

Last edited 05/2019 and last reviewed 09/2020

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in UK females, accounting for almost a third (31%) of all female cases (2015)

  • next most common cancers in UK females are lung cancer (12%) and bowel cancer (11%)

  • breast, lung and bowel cancers together account for over half (54%) of all new cases in females in the UK

  • two of the ten most common cancers in females are sex-specific (uterus and ovary), compared with just one of the ten most common in males (prostate)

  • breast, brain, other CNS and intracranial tumours and pancreatic cancer are among the ten most common cancers in females, but not in males