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Cancer rates league table

Here is a cancer rates league table of the countries with the highest overall rates of cancer, for men, for women and for breast cancer in women, according to the World Cancer Research Fund.

In total there were 12.7 million new cases of cancer worldwide in 2008Cancer rates league tableThe latest global figures show that in 2008, there were 12.7 million cases of cancer diagnosed worldwide.

The highest rates of cancer were found in Australia/New Zealand and North America, and the lowest rate was in Africa.

The cancer rate in Australia and New Zealand was nearly three times that in Africa.

Of the total number of cases 48% are in Asia and 25% in Europe. Only 14% of cancers diagnosed worldwide are from regions with the highest rates i.e. Australia, New Zealand and North America. This apparent disparity is likely due to the large population size in Asia.

The most common cancer in men is prostate cancer except for Asia where it is lung cancer. In all regions the most common cancer in women is breast cancer.

Age standardised incidence rates for cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) in 2008

The tables show the countries with the top ten cancer rates – how many people in every 100,000 develop cancer every year – in four different categories.

Overall cancer rates
1. Denmark (rate: 326.1)
2. Ireland (317)
3. Australia (314.1)
4. New Zealand (309.2)
5. Belgium (306.8)
6. France (Metropolitan) (300.4)
7. USA (300.2)
8. Norway (299.1)
9. Canada (296.6)
10. Czech Republic (295)
[22. United Kingdom (266.9)]

Cancer in men
1. France (Metropolitan) (360.6)
2. Australia (360.5)
3. Ireland (355.9)
4. Uruguay (354.4)
5. Hungary (352.3)
6. Belgium (351.3)
7. Czech Republic (348.8)
8. Norway (338.4)
9. New Zealand (337.6)
10. USA (335)
[33. United Kingdom (280)]

Cancer in women
1. Denmark (325.3)
2. New Zealand (287.1)
3. Ireland (285.1)
4. Israel (280.4)
5. The Netherlands (276.5)
6. Belgium (275.7)
7. Canada (275)
8. Australia (274.4)
9. USA (274.4)
10. Norway (270.3)
[12. United Kingdom (260.5)]

Breast cancer (women)
1. Belgium (109.2)
2. Denmark (101.1)
3. France (Metropolitan) (99.7)
4. The Netherlands (98.5)
5. Israel (96.8)
6. Iceland (95.5)
7. Ireland (93.9)
8. Uruguay (90.7)
9. Switzerland (89.4)
10. New Zealand (89.4)
[11. United Kingdom (89.1)]

From: http://www.wcrf.org/cancer_facts/millions_new_cancer_worldwide.php and GLOBOCAN 2008 http://globocan.iarc.fr

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