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World cancer statistics: Overall

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

Denmark has the highest rate in the world. The UK has the 23rd highest cancer rate and every year 273 out of every 100,000 people in the UK develop the disease.

Scientists estimate about a third of the most common cancers in the UK could be prevented though diet, physical activity and weight.

Rank

Country

Cases per 100,000 people
1 Denmark 338.1
2 France (Metropolitan) 324.6
3 Australia 323.0
4 Belgium 321.1
5 Norway 318.3
6 United States of America 318.0
7 Ireland 307.9
8 Republic of Korea 307.8
9 The Netherlands 304.8
10 New Caledonia 297.9
11 Slovenia 296.3
12 Canada 295.7
13 New Zealand 295.0
14 Czech Republic 293.8
15 Switzerland 287.0
16 Hungary 285.4
17 Iceland 284.3
18 Germany 283.8
19 Israel 283.2
20 Luxembourg 280.3
21 Italy 278.6
22 Slovakia 276.9
23 United Kingdom 272.9
24 Sweden 270.0
25 Serbia 269.7
26 Croatia 266.9
27 Barbados 263.1
28 Armenia 257.0
29 Finland 256.8
30 French Polynesia 255.0
31 Austria 254.1
32 Lithuania 251.9
33 Uruguay 251.0
34 Spain 249.0
35 Latvia 246.8
36 Portugal 246.2
37 France (Martinique) 245.0
38 Malta 242.9
39 Estonia 242.8
40 FYR Macedonia 239.3
41 Montenegro 238.3
42 Kazakhstan 236.5
43 Bulgaria 234.8
44 Poland 229.6
45 Romania 224.2
46 Belarus 218.7
47 Cuba 218.0
48 Japan 217.1
49 Argentina 216.7
50 Puerto Rico 211.1

Global rates for women's cancer

Global rates for men's cancer

Global rates for breast cancer

Global rates for bowel cancer

Global rates for oesophageal cancer

Lifestyle factors that can reduce cancer risk

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
The information on this page is based on the findings of our Expert Report and is covered by the Information Standard.

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