Cancer Rates By Country 2019

Cancer is a disease that involves the abnormal cell growth which \originates in particular tissues and organs of the body and metastasizes to other parts of the body. Cancer can be a result of several factors, such as nutrition, environment, and physical activity, as well as genetics.

Cancer rates vary between countries depending on medical technology, environment, and different campaigns or initiatives set forth by governments to prevent cancer. Cancer tends to be more prevalent in high-income countries due to lifestyle factors such as smoky, obesity, and alcohol intake.

Numbers show that men have higher cancer rates than women do in almost every type of cancer. Males can carry about a 20% higher risk than females of developing cancer.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world behind cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that every sixth death in the world is due to cancer. While the total number of deaths from cancer is increasing, this is likely the result of aging and growing populations. Luckily, cancer treatment advancements across the spectrum of types of cancers are continuing at a rapid pace. Many people who are diagnosed with cancer are living longer or are cured.

The ten countries with the highest total cancer rates (number of people age-standardized per 100,000 people) are:

  1. Australia (468)
  2. New Zealand (438.1)
  3. Ireland (373.7)
  4. Hungary (368.1)
  5. United States (352.2)
  6. Belgium (345.8)
  7. France (344.1)
  8. Denmark (340.4)
  9. Norway (337.8)
  10. Netherlands (334.1)

Australia has the highest cancer rate in the world of 468 cases per 100,000 people. Australia specifically has some of the highest rates of breast cancer and melanoma in the world.

Syria has the lowest cancer rate in the world of 85 cases per 100,000 people. Bhutan, Algeria, Nepal, and Oman followed with rates below 100.

* Rate is age-standardised per 100,000 people
Country Total Cancer Rate Male Cancer Rate Female Cancer Rate Population 2019
Australia468579.936325,203,198
New Zealand438.1526358.34,783,063
Ireland373.7430.8322.94,882,495
Hungary368.1427.1330.69,684,679
Belgium345.8371.1329.911,539,328
France344.1405.6292.965,129,728
Denmark340.4360.4325.55,771,876
Norway337.8369.8311.35,378,857
Netherlands334.1355.1318.917,097,130
Canada334343.3329.737,411,047
New Caledonia324.2357.1297.3282,750
South Korea313.5332.1310.651,225,308
Germany313.1345.9289.483,517,045
Switzerland311343.62858,591,365
Luxembourg309.3335292.5615,729
Serbia307.9339.3284.88,772,235
Slovenia304.9367.6253.42,078,654
Latvia302.2375.7267.61,906,743
Slovakia297.5363.2251.95,457,013
Czech Republic296.7348.825910,689,209
Sweden294.7313.4279.810,036,379
Italy290.6318.8270.860,550,075
Croatia287.2338.7251.14,130,304
Lithuania285.8347.2249.72,759,627
Estonia283.3364.5237.61,325,648
Greece279.8331.9238.310,473,455
Spain272.3328.6227.146,736,776
Finland266.2281.7258.55,532,156
Uruguay263.4317.6225.83,461,734
Belarus260.7322.4229.49,452,411
Portugal259.5312.1218.410,226,187
Iceland257.8261.5339,031
Puerto Rico254.5280.1238.52,933,408
Moldova254.3310.5216.64,043,263
Poland253.8292.5229.237,887,768
Martinique250.8308.9375,554
Cyprus250.8277.2231.51,198,575
Malta249.4261.1245.5440,372
Singapore248.9280.2223.25,804,337
Japan248285.9220.5126,860,301
Austria247.7273.5228.48,955,102
Barbados247.5287.6216.3287,025
French Guiana247296.6290,832
Lebanon242.8248.96,855,713
Bulgaria242.8289.2212.17,000,119
French Polynesia240.6272.2279,287
Israel233.6227.18,519,377