Cancer Survival Rates By Country 2020

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:

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.

Cancer Survival Rates By Country 2020

* 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
Cyprus90.60%26.30%15.40%93.10%
United States88.60%29.10%18.70%97.20%
Brazil87.40%24.90%18.00%96.10%
Mauritius87.40%40.70%37.20%77.30%
France86.90%27.70%13.60%90.50%
Finland86.80%25.20%12.30%93.20%
Israel86.70%28.60%23.80%94.00%
Sweden86.20%23.20%15.60%89.20%
Australia86.20%27.90%15.00%88.50%
Norway85.90%24.10%15.00%86.30%
Canada85.80%24.80%17.30%91.70%
Switzerland85.50%30.40%16.50%88.00%
Belgium85.40%33.40%16.60%92.60%
Qatar85.30%27.30%13.20%55.30%
Iceland85.30%32.30%15.00%83.50%
Germany85.30%31.60%16.20%91.20%
Netherlands85.00%21.40%14.80%85.80%
Japan84.70%54.00%30.10%86.80%
Gibraltar84.40%9.40%20.20%67.40%
Spain83.70%27.30%12.60%87.10%
New Zealand83.70%26.70%12.40%88.70%
Portugal83.40%32.60%12.80%89.40%
Puerto Rico83.00%28.60%15.80%97.70%
Austria82.90%33.10%17.90%90.50%
South Korea82.70%57.90%18.50%82.20%
Taiwan82.40%36.40%14.30%77.90%
Denmark82.00%17.90%11.30%77.20%
United Kingdom81.10%18.50%9.60%83.20%
China80.90%31.30%17.50%63.80%
Slovenia80.20%26.70%11.40%78.10%
Ireland80.00%22.70%12.90%88.40%
Czech Republic80.00%23.20%12.30%83.10%
Turkey78.60%17.10%10.10%80.60%
Croatia77.90%21.30%13.60%75.10%
Indonesia77.70%18.40%12.20%43.50%
Cuba77.70%26.20%18.20%56.10%
Libya76.60%3.00%2.20%41.40%
Argentina76.60%16.00%11.90%86.60%
Malta76.30%18.00%10.80%84.80%
Romania75.00%22.10%16.20%79.50%
Poland74.10%18.60%13.40%74.10%
Bulgaria73.90%12.90%6.30%53.40%
Estonia72.40%22.80%11.90%73.20%
Slovakia72.10%19.70%10.70%66.00%
Lithuania72.10%26.00%7.70%92.40%
Latvia71.10%22.80%16.20%73.90%
Russia70.60%19.90%15.70%69.60%
Tunisia68.40%49.00%10.30%100.00%
Malaysia67.80%24.20%10.70%66.40%
India60.40%18.70%9.60%58.10%
Algeria59.80%10.30%14.80%58.50%
Mongolia56.50%15.10%6.60%39.60%
South Africa53.40%··19.00%100.00%
Jordan43.10%28.80%4.40%27.40%
Uruguay····9.10%··
Nigeria······91.00%
Hong Kong········
Belarus········