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World cancer statistics: Breast cancer

This section lists the 50 countries with the highest breast cancer rates in the world.

Belgium has the highest rate of breast cancer in the world. The UK has the 7th highest breast cancer rate and every year 95 of every 100,000 women in the UK develop breast cancer.

Scientists estimate about 42% of breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented through drinking less alcohol, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.

You can find out more by downloading ourReducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer publication.

Rank

Country

Cases per 100,000 women
1 Belgium 111.9
2 Denmark 105.0
3 France (Metropolitan) 104.5
4 The Netherlands 99.0
5 Bahamas 98.9
6 Iceland 96.3
7 United Kingdom 95.0
8 Barbados 94.7
9 United States of America 92.9
10 Ireland 92.3
11 French Polynesia 92.2
12 Germany 91.6
13 Italy 91.3
14 Finland 89.4
15 Luxembourg 89.1
16 New Caledonia 87.6
17 Australia 86.0
18 Malta 85.9
19 New Zealand 85.0
20 Switzerland 83.1
21 Israel 80.5
22 Sweden 80.4
23 Canada 79.8
24 Lebanon 78.8
25 Cyprus 78.4
26 FYR Macedonia 76.2
27 Armenia 74.1
28 Norway 73.1
29 Argentina 71.2
30 Czech Republic 70.3
31 Uruguay 69.8
32 Serbia 69.0
33 Austria 68.0
34 Portugal 67.6
35 Spain 67.3
36 Slovenia 66.5
37 Singapore 65.7
38 Fiji 65.0
39 Mauritius 64.2
40 Kazakhstan 63.0
41 Jordan 61.0
42 Croatia 60.9
43 Montenegro 59.7
44 France (Martinique) 59.6
45 Brazil 59.5
46 Bulgaria 58.5
47 Slovakia 57.5
47 Puerto Rico 57.5
49 Trinidad and Tobago 56.9
50 Jamaica 55.8

Find out how the UK ranks in other world cancer league tables.

All estimates and names of countries and which territories constitute counties are from GLOBOCAN 2012 version 1.0, a World Health Organization project. All cancer rates are adjusted for age and are expressed per 100,000 people.
Source - Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, Rebelo M, Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray, F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed on 31/01/14

World cancer statistics

Page last reviewed: January 2014
Page next due for review: September 2014
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