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Glowing Blue GlobeWhere Does the US Rank?

There were an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases around the world in 2012, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

For various reasons, different countries experience different cancer rates. Some countries are better at diagnosing and reporting cancer than others.

But a big reason for the difference in rates is that cancer risk is affected by lifestyle-things like what we eat, how much we move, how much body fat we carry, and whether or not we smoke.

In fact, scientists estimate that a third of the most common cancers in the US could be prevented by eating smart, moving more and staying lean.

This section shows how US cancer rates compare to the rest of the world.

World Cancer Statistics: Overall

This section lists the 50 countries with the highest overall cancer rate in the world.

Denmark has the highest rates in the world. The US comes in at #7, with 300 out of every 100,000 people in the US developing the disease every year.

World Cancer Statistics: Women

This section lists the 50 countries with the highest cancer rates in the world for women.

World Cancer Statistics: Men

This section lists the 50 countries with the highest cancer rates in the world for men.

Intl.
Rank
All Cancers
Women's Cancers
Men's Cancers
Country
Rate
Country
Rate
Country
Rate
1
Denmark
326
Denmark 325 France (metropolitan) 361
2
Ireland
317
New Zealand 287 Australia 361
3
Australia
314
Ireland 285 Ireland 356
4
New Zealand
309
Israel 280 Uruguay 354
5
Belgium
307
The Netherlands 277 Hungary 352
6
France (metropolitan)
300
Belgium 276 Belgium 351
7
USA
300
Canada 275 Czech Republic 349
8
Norway
299
Australia 274 Norway 338
9
Canada
297
USA 274 New Zealand 338
10
Czech Republic
295
Norway 270 USA 335
11
Israel
288
Iceland 266 Denmark 335
12
The Netherlands
287
UK 261 Germany 331
13
Luxembourg
284
Czech Republic 259 Canada 326
14
Hungary
283
French Polynesia 257 Luxembourg 324
15
Iceland
282
France (metropolitan) 255 Slovakia 320
16
Germany
282
Luxembourg 254 Slovenia 320
17
Uruguay
280
Italy 252 Lithuania 317
18
Italy
274
Germany 246 France (Martinique) 315
19
French Polynesia
270
Sweden 241 Croatia 315
20
Switzerland
269
Finland 240 Switzerland 313
21
Slovenia
268
Switzerland 236 Italy 310
22
UK
267
Hungary 236 Spain 310
23
Croatia
263
Rep. of Korea 234 Rep. of Korea 309
24
Rep. of Korea
262
Slovenia 233 The Netherlands 306
25
Slovakia
261
Uruguay 231 Iceland 306
26
Sweden
252
Croatia 229 Latvia 304
27
Finland
250
Slovakia 223 Israel 304
28
Lithuania
244
Mongolia 211 French Polynesia 290
29
Chinese Taipei
244
Chinese Taipei 209 Estonia 286
30
Mongolia
242
New Caledonia 208 Chinese Taipei 282
31
Spain
241
Lithuania 208 Mongolia 282
32
France (Martinique)
235
Bulgaria 207 Poland 281
33
Austria
233
Serbia 205 UK 280
34
Estonia
230
Jamaica 205 Austria 275
35
Latvia
230
Estonia 204 Finland 271
36
FYR Macedonia
225
Austria 201 Sweden 270
37
Bulgaria
225
Malta 200 Belarus 269
38
Portugal
223
Albania 197 Portugal 267
39
Poland
223
FYR Macedonia 197 FYR Macedonia 262
40
Serbia
219
Latvia 193 Armenia 260
41
New Caledonia
219
Argentina 193 South African Republic 255
42
Belarus
213
Portugal 191 Puerto Rico 254
43
Malta
211
Barbados 189 Bulgaria 253
44
Barbados
208
Singapore 188 France (La Reunion) 253
45
Armenia
208
Spain 187 Barbados 251
46
Argentina
206
Uganda 187 Japan 247
47
Romania
205
Belarus 187 Russian Federation 247
48
Montenegro
204
Poland 186 France (Guadeloupe) 246
49
Albania
203
Montenegro 185 Romania 241
50
South African Republic
202
Honduras 182 Serbia 239

All estimates and names of countries and which territories constitute counties are from GLOBOCAN version 1.2 December 2010, a World Health Organization project. All cancer rates are adjusted for age and are expressed per 100,000 people.

Ferlay J, Shin HR, Bray F, Forman D, Mathers C and Parkin DM. GLOBOCAN 2008, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 10 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2010.

Published on July 16, 2014

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