​FOI Ref: FOI/2021/2826

You asked

Please supply the number of people in the UK who died of cancer in 2020 compared to 2019?

We said

Thank you for your enquiry.

We are responsible for the provision of mortality statistics for England and Wales. National Records Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are responsible for statistics pertaining to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Therefore, we do not hold the requested data for the whole of the UK. Should you wish to obtain this data from NRS and NISRA, they can be contacted at foi@nrscotland.gov.uk and info@nisra.gov.uk respectively.

The NOMIS webservice will provide deaths by ICD-10 code in England and Wales. Coding for cause of death is carried out according to the World Health Organization (WHO) International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) and internationally agreed rules.

The ICD-10 code for Cancer is C00 - D48.

For further information, please contact Health.Data@ons.gov.uk.