Cancer facts & figures

Top 50 countries with the highest rates of cancers

We have data on cancer frequency by country; this comprises a list of the rates of all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) ordered by the countries with the 50 highest rates
See the list

Analysing research on cancer prevention and survival

The Continuous Update Project is our ongoing programme to collate and analyse global research on how diet, nutrition, weight & physical activity affect cancer risk and survival

A global issue

Cancer not just an issue for the developed world

Although cancer is often considered to be more of a developed world issue, the fact is that 57% of all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) occur in less developed countries and 43% in more developed countries

Our advice

Cancer Prevention Recommendations

See our 10 evidence-based Cancer Prevention Recommendations

Preventing cancer

Diet, weight & physical activity can reduce cancer

Our analysis of global research shows that about a third of the most common cancers can be prevented through a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking regular physical activity

Cancer fact

The 5 most common cancers worldwide

The five most common cancers worldwide are lung, breast, bowel, prostate & stomach

Body fat & cancer

There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases your risk of 9 cancers