Top 10 Countries with Highest Cancer Rates


According to World Cancer Research Fund International there were an estimated 12.7 million cancer cases around the world in 2008, the last year complete statistics were available. Approximately 6.6 million cases were in men and 6.0 million in women. This number is expected to increase to 21 million by 2030.

The most common cancer occurring throughout the world for both sexes is lung cancer, with 13 percent of the new cases annually. Second on the list for women is breast cancer, with 1.4 million new cases each year; for men, it is prostate cancer with 1.1 million. Colorectal cancer comes in third, with a combined 1.2 million new cases.

The top 10 countries with the highest rates of cancer are all industrialized nations, with six occurring in Europe, two in the Americas, and the remaining two in the Oceania region. Research fromĀ GLOBOCAN* found the rate for all cancers (for cancers that occur in men and women) was 1.7 times higher in more developed countries compared with less developed countries, with 255 cases of cancer diagnosed per 100,000 in the more developed regions, compared to 149 in less developed regions.

Your (un)illustrious top 10:

  1. Denmark
  2. Ireland
  3. Australia
  4. New Zealand
  5. Belgium
  6. France (metropolitan)
  7. United States of America
  8. Norway
  9. Canada
  10. Czech Republic

Statistics taken from *Ferlay J, Shin HR, Bray F, Forman D, Mathers C and Parkin DM.
GLOBOCAN 2008 v1.2, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 10 [Internet]. Lyon, France:

International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2010.

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