Cancer Rates By Country 2021

Cancer is a disease that involves 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, physical activity, and 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 smoking, 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. Countries with sound health care systems can better detect and treat cancer than countries lacking proper health care infrastructure.

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.

Cancer Rates By Country 2021

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Cancer Rates By Country 2021

* Rate is age-standardised per 100,000 people
Country Total Cancer Rate Male Cancer Rate Female Cancer Rate 2021 Population
Australia468579.936325,788,215
New Zealand438.1526358.34,860,643
Ireland373.7430.8322.94,982,907
Hungary368.1427.1330.69,634,164
United States352.2393.2321.2332,915,073
Belgium345.8371.1329.911,632,326
France344.1405.6292.965,426,179
Denmark340.4360.4325.55,813,298
Norway337.8369.8311.35,465,630
Netherlands334.1355.1318.917,173,099
Canada334343.3329.738,067,903
New Caledonia324.2357.1297.3288,218
United Kingdom319.2344.7299.868,207,116
South Korea313.5332.1310.651,305,186
Germany313.1345.9289.483,900,473
Switzerland311343.62858,715,494
Luxembourg309.3335292.5634,814
Serbia307.9339.3284.88,697,550
Slovenia304.9367.6253.42,078,724
Latvia302.2375.7267.61,866,942
Slovakia297.5363.2251.95,460,721
Czech Republic296.7348.825910,724,555
Sweden294.7313.4279.810,160,169
Italy290.6318.8270.860,367,477
Croatia287.2338.7251.14,081,651
Lithuania285.8347.2249.72,689,862
Estonia283.3364.5237.61,325,185
Greece279.8331.9238.310,370,744
Spain272.3328.6227.146,745,216
Finland266.2281.7258.55,548,360
Uruguay263.4317.6225.83,485,151
Belarus260.7322.4229.49,442,862
Portugal259.5312.1218.410,167,925
Iceland257.8261.5343,353
Guadeloupe254.6400,020
Puerto Rico254.5280.1238.52,828,255
Moldova254.3310.5216.64,024,019
Poland253.8292.5229.237,797,005
Martinique250.8308.9374,745
Cyprus250.8277.2231.51,215,584
Malta249.4261.1245.5442,784
Singapore248.9280.2223.25,896,686
Japan248285.9220.5126,050,804
Austria247.7273.5228.49,043,070
Barbados247.5287.6216.3287,711
French Guiana247296.6306,448
Lebanon242.8248.96,769,146
Bulgaria242.8289.2212.16,896,663
French Polynesia240.6272.2282,530
Israel233.6227.18,789,774

Cancer Rates By Country 2021