Cancer Survival Rates By Country 2019

Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. In the United States, it’s the second leading cause of death. Cancer, which is a disease caused by abnormal cells that divide and break down body tissue, can affect any part of the body and can even spread to other body parts.

There are some treatments that can cause cancer to go into remission, such as chemotherapy. Unfortunately, these treatments are not only very expensive but may not even be available in some nations. Even worse, even treating cancer does not guarantee that it will go into remission. Many people die from this disease even after being treated.

In some nations, though, the chances of surviving cancer is higher than in other areas around the world. A group of researchers looked at survival trends around the world to rank nations by their respective cancer survival rates over a period of five years.

The CONCORD-3 report looked at 37.5 million records of cancer patients from 71 countries and territories. The study looked at 18 different types of cancers in adults and children to determine which countries had the highest survival rates.

Based on this data, the highest survival rates were found in the following nations:

United States Canada Australia New Zealand Finland Iceland Norway Sweden

Some nations not on the list of overall highest survival rates ranked high when looking at specific types of cancer. For example, nations in Southeast Asia including Japan and South Korea had the highest survival rates for gastrointestinal cancers. However, this same region had much lower survival rates for other types of cancers, including skin melanoma.

* Data are net survival estimates and not 100% reliable. When too few patients were available for analysis, data were merged.
Country Breast Cancer Survival Stomach Cancer Survival Lung Cancer Survival Prostate Cancer Survival Population 2019
Cyprus90.60%26.30%15.40%93.10%1,198,575
United States88.60%29.10%18.70%97.20%329,064,917
Brazil87.40%24.90%18.00%96.10%211,049,527
Mauritius87.40%40.70%37.20%77.30%1,269,668
France86.90%27.70%13.60%90.50%65,129,728
Finland86.80%25.20%12.30%93.20%5,532,156
Israel86.70%28.60%23.80%94.00%8,519,377
Sweden86.20%23.20%15.60%89.20%10,036,379
Australia86.20%27.90%15.00%88.50%25,203,198
Norway85.90%24.10%15.00%86.30%5,378,857
Canada85.80%24.80%17.30%91.70%37,411,047
Switzerland85.50%30.40%16.50%88.00%8,591,365
Belgium85.40%33.40%16.60%92.60%11,539,328
Qatar85.30%27.30%13.20%55.30%2,832,067
Iceland85.30%32.30%15.00%83.50%339,031
Germany85.30%31.60%16.20%91.20%83,517,045
Netherlands85.00%21.40%14.80%85.80%17,097,130
Japan84.70%54.00%30.10%86.80%126,860,301
Gibraltar84.40%9.40%20.20%67.40%33,701
Spain83.70%27.30%12.60%87.10%46,736,776
New Zealand83.70%26.70%12.40%88.70%4,783,063
Portugal83.40%32.60%12.80%89.40%10,226,187
Puerto Rico83.00%28.60%15.80%97.70%2,933,408
Austria82.90%33.10%17.90%90.50%8,955,102
South Korea82.70%57.90%18.50%82.20%51,225,308
Taiwan82.40%36.40%14.30%77.90%23,773,876
Denmark82.00%17.90%11.30%77.20%5,771,876
United Kingdom81.10%18.50%9.60%83.20%67,530,172
China80.90%31.30%17.50%63.80%1,433,783,686
Slovenia80.20%26.70%11.40%78.10%2,078,654
Ireland80.00%22.70%12.90%88.40%4,882,495
Czech Republic80.00%23.20%12.30%83.10%10,689,209
Turkey78.60%17.10%10.10%80.60%83,429,615
Croatia77.90%21.30%13.60%75.10%4,130,304
Indonesia77.70%18.40%12.20%43.50%270,625,568
Cuba77.70%26.20%18.20%56.10%11,333,483
Libya76.60%3.00%2.20%41.40%6,777,452
Argentina76.60%16.00%11.90%86.60%44,780,677
Malta76.30%18.00%10.80%84.80%440,372
Romania75.00%22.10%16.20%79.50%19,364,557
Poland74.10%18.60%13.40%74.10%37,887,768
Bulgaria73.90%12.90%6.30%53.40%7,000,119
Estonia72.40%22.80%11.90%73.20%1,325,648
Slovakia72.10%19.70%10.70%66.00%5,457,013
Lithuania72.10%26.00%7.70%92.40%2,759,627
Latvia71.10%22.80%16.20%73.90%1,906,743
Russia70.60%19.90%15.70%69.60%145,872,256
Tunisia68.40%49.00%10.30%100.00%11,694,719
Malaysia67.80%24.20%10.70%66.40%31,949,777
India60.40%18.70%9.60%58.10%1,366,417,754
Algeria59.80%10.30%14.80%58.50%43,053,054
Mongolia56.50%15.10%6.60%39.60%3,225,167
South Africa53.40%··19.00%100.00%58,558,270
Jordan43.10%28.80%4.40%27.40%10,101,694
Uruguay····9.10%··3,461,734
Nigeria······91.00%200,963,599
Hong Kong········7,436,154
Belarus········9,452,411