Cancer Rates By Country 2020

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.

Cancer Rates By Country 2020

* Rate is age-standardised per 100,000 people
Country Total Cancer Rate Male Cancer Rate Female Cancer Rate Population 2020
Australia468579.936325,499,884
New Zealand438.1526358.34,822,233
Ireland373.7430.8322.94,937,786
Hungary368.1427.1330.69,660,351
United States352.2393.2321.2331,002,651
Belgium345.8371.1329.911,589,623
France344.1405.6292.965,273,511
Denmark340.4360.4325.55,792,202
Norway337.8369.8311.35,421,241
Netherlands334.1355.1318.917,134,872
Canada334343.3329.737,742,154
New Caledonia324.2357.1297.3285,498
United Kingdom319.2344.7299.867,886,011
South Korea313.5332.1310.651,269,185
Germany313.1345.9289.483,783,942
Switzerland311343.62858,654,622
Luxembourg309.3335292.5625,978
Serbia307.9339.3284.88,737,371
Slovenia304.9367.6253.42,078,938
Latvia302.2375.7267.61,886,198
Slovakia297.5363.2251.95,459,642
Czech Republic296.7348.825910,708,981
Sweden294.7313.4279.810,099,265
Italy290.6318.8270.860,461,826
Croatia287.2338.7251.14,105,267
Lithuania285.8347.2249.72,722,289
Estonia283.3364.5237.61,326,535
Greece279.8331.9238.310,423,054
Spain272.3328.6227.146,754,778
Finland266.2281.7258.55,540,720
Uruguay263.4317.6225.83,473,730
Belarus260.7322.4229.49,449,323
Portugal259.5312.1218.410,196,709
Iceland257.8261.5341,243
Guadeloupe254.6400,124
Puerto Rico254.5280.1238.52,860,853
Moldova254.3310.5216.64,033,963
Poland253.8292.5229.237,846,611
Martinique250.8308.9375,265
Cyprus250.8277.2231.51,207,359
Malta249.4261.1245.5441,543
Singapore248.9280.2223.25,850,342
Japan248285.9220.5126,476,461
Austria247.7273.5228.49,006,398
Barbados247.5287.6216.3287,375
French Guiana247296.6298,682
Lebanon242.8248.96,825,445
Bulgaria242.8289.2212.16,948,445
French Polynesia240.6272.2280,908
Israel233.6227.18,655,535