Global cancer data by country

Exploring which countries have the highest cancer rates

On this page you can find age-standardised rates for all cancers (including non-melanoma skin cancer) ordered by the countries with the 50 highest rates.

The age-standardised rate for all cancers (including non-melanoma skin cancer) for men and women combined was 197.9 per 100,000 in 2018. The rate was higher for men (218.6 per 100,000) than women (182.6 per 100,000).

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Age-standardised rates are used in the tables. This is a summary measure of the rate of disease that a population would have if it had a standard age structure. Standardisation is necessary when comparing populations that differ with respect to age because age has a powerful influence on the risk of dying from cancer.

Global cancer rates: both sexes

  • The highest cancer rate for men and women together was in Australia, at 468.0 people per 100,000.
  • The age-standardised rate was at least 320 per 100,000 for 12 countries: Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Hungary, the US, Belgium, France (metropolitan), Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada and New Caledonia (France).
  • The countries in the top 12 come from Oceania, Europe and North America.
RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Australia468.0
2New Zealand438.1
3Ireland373.7
4Hungary368.1
5USA352.2
6Belgium345.8
7France (metropolitan)344.1
9Norway337.8
10Netherlands334.1
11Canada334.0
12New Caledonia (France)324.2
13UK319.2
14South Korea313.5
15Germany313.1
16Switzerland311.0
17Luxembourg309.3
18Serbia307.9
19Slovenia304.9
20Latvia302.2
21Slovakia297.5
22Czech Republic296.7
23Sweden294.7
24Italy290.6
25Croatia287.2
26Lithuania285.8
27Estonia283.3
28Greece279.8
29Spain272.3
30Finland266.2
31Uruguay263.4
32Belarus260.7
33Portugal259.5
34Iceland257.8
35Guadelopue (France)254.6
36Puerto Rico254.5
37Moldova254.3
38Poland253.8
39Cyprus250.8
40Martinique (France)250.8
41Malta249.4
42Singapore248.9
43Japan248.0
44Austria247.7
45Barbados247.5
46French Guiana247.0
47Bulgaria242.8
48Lebanon242.8
49French Polynesia240.6
50Israel233.6

Cancer rates in men

  • The highest cancer rate was found in Australia at 579.9 men per 100,000.
  • The age-standardised rate was at least 360 per 100,000 in 15 countries: Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Hungary, France (metropolitan), the US, Latvia, Belgium, Norway, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia, Denmark, New Caledonia (France) and the Netherlands.
  • The countries in the top ten come from Europe, Oceania and the Americas.
RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Australia579.9
2New Zealand526.0
3Ireland430.8
4Hungary427.1
5France (metropolitan)405.6
6US393.2
7Latvia375.7
8Belgium371.1
9Norway369.8
10Slovenia367.6
11Estonia364.5
12Slovakia363.2
13Denmark360.4
14New Caledonia (France)357.1
15Netherlands355.1
16Czech Republic348.8
17Lithuania347.2
18Germany345.9
19UK344.7
20Switzerland343.6
21Canada343.3
22Guadeloupe (France)342.9
23Serbia339.3
24Croatia338.7
25Luxembourg335.0
26South Korea332.1
27Greece331.9
28Spain328.6
29Belarus322.4
30Italy318.8
31Uruguay317.6
32Sweden313.4
33Portugal312.1
34Moldova310.5
35Martinique (France)308.9
36French Guiana296.6
37Poland292.5
38Bulgaria289.2
39Barbados287.6
40Japan285.9
41Turkey284.2
42Finland281.7
43Singapore280.2
44Puerto Rico280.1
45Cyprus277.2
46Austria273.5
47French Polynesia272.2
48Mongolia271.8
49Romania264.7
50Malta261.1

Cancer rates in women

  • The highest cancer rate was found in Australia at 363.0 women per 100,000.
  • The age-standardised rate was at least 300 per 100,000 in 11 countries (Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the US, the Netherlands, Norway and South Korea).
  • The countries in the top ten come from Europe, Oceania and the Americas.
RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Australia363.0
2New Zealand358.3
3Hungary330.6
4Belgium329.9
5Canada329.7
6Denmark325.5
7Ireland322.9
8US321.2
9Netherlands318.9
10Norway311.3
11South Korea310.6
12UK299.8
13New Caledonia (France)297.3
14France (metropolitan)292.9
15Luxembourg292.5
16Germany289.4
17Switzerland285.0
18Serbia284.8
19Sweden279.8
20Italy270.8
21Latvia267.6
22Iceland261.5
23Czech Republic259.0
24Finland258.5
25Slovenia253.4
26Slovakia251.9
27Croatia251.1
28Lithuania249.7
29Lebanon248.9
30Malta245.5
31Puerto Rico238.5
32Greece238.3
33Estonia237.6
34Brunei232.8
35Cyprus231.5
36Belarus229.4
37Poland229.2
38Austria228.4
39Israel227.1
40Spain227.1
41Uruguay225.8
42Singapore223.2
43Japan220.5
44Zimbabwe218.6
45Portugal218.4
46Samoa217.1
47Moldova216.6
48Barbados216.3
49Argentina214.8
50Bulgaria212.1
The data quoted on these webpages come from the Global Cancer Observatory, owned by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and are used with permission. The incidence statistics for 2018 are projections calculated from cancer registry data collected before 2018. Full information on the methods used by IARC is available here.
Source: Bray F, Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Siegel RL, Torre LA, Jemal A. Global Cancer Statistics 2018: GLOBOCAN estimates of incidence and mortality worldwide for 36 cancers in 185 countries. CA Cancer J Clin, in press. The online GLOBOCAN 2018 database is accessible at http://gco.iarc.fr/, as part of IARC’s Global Cancer Observatory.