Which Countries Have the Highest and Lowest Cancer Rates? [Updated 2019]

There were an estimated 18 million cancer cases around the world in 2018, according to the World Cancer Research Fund International. Of those cases, the United States had the fifth highest number of new diagnoses, with 352 cases per 100,000 people.

These statistics are age-standardized — a summary measure of the rate of disease that a population would have if it had a standard age structure. Age has a powerful influence on the risk of dying from cancer, therefore standardization is necessary when comparing populations that differ in respects to age.

What are the countries with the highest cancer rates?

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. Ireland
  4. Hungary
  5. United States
  6. Belgium
  7. France (metropolitan)
  8. Denmark
  9. Norway
  10. Netherlands

What are the countries with the lowest cancer rates?

  1. Israel
  2. French Polynesia
  3. Lebanon
  4. Bulgaria
  5. French Guiana
  6. Austria
  7. Japan
  8. Singapore
  9. Malta
  10. Martinique (France)

Highest versus lowest:

  • Australia: 468 per 100,000 (46.8 people)
  • Israel: 233.6 per 100,000 (23.4 people)

43 thoughts on “Which Countries Have the Highest and Lowest Cancer Rates? [Updated 2019]”

  1. Such BS

    Half the nations of the world don’t even get people in to be diagnosed let alone treated.

    You show incredibly bad third world nations in Africa where people die daily from malnutrition as having the lowest cancer rates and we are to use that information as if it is of some importance?

    In a highly developed society with significant resources available to en educated population, one would hope diagnosis and treatment would be at very high levels if not for the availability of those procedures.

    The conclusions drawn from this are specious at best. Reminds one of global warming stats. Total without true merit. Designed to fit an already existing hypothesis.

  2. Niger diet (from wikipedia): “The cuisine of Niger takes after many traditional African cuisines, and a significant amount of spices are used in dishes. Grilled meat, seasonal vegetables, salads and various sauces are some of the foods consumed.

    Meals in Niger usually start with colorful salads made from seasonal vegetables. Typical Nigerien meals consist of a starch (rice being the most popular) paired with a sauce or stew. The stews are usually made with vegetables because meat is very scarce. The starches eaten most often are millet and rice. Staple foods include millet, rice, cassava, sorghum, maize and beans.[1][2] Couscous is saved for special occasions. Porridge, wheat dumplings, and beignets are some of Niger’s popular snacks.[3]”

    Notice “meat is very scarce.”

  3. The human body is largely red meat. There is little nutritional similarity between factory beef, and say elk or deer meat. It’s not the red meat that is the problem, rather what the “meat” ate, or was forced to eat.

    Wikipedia aflatoxin entry states aflatoxin eaten by cows can transfer to those who eat its meat. Where does aflatoxin come from? CEREAL GRAINS largely! It is among the most to toxic and carcinogenic substances found in nature. Factory beef is forced to eat this unhealthy grain diet on the feed lot to fatten it up. When this began, it even killed the cows, hence the antibiotics added to the grain. Oh gee, now there’s that too. Plus the inflamatory stress hormones produced in the cow in the crowded feed-lot.

    Now, compare to natural red meat from animals who ate and leisured as they were meant to, including cows..

    100% pastured, grass fed, never-fed-grain bears little resemblance to factory beef, or elk, or deer.

    When you see someone ranting about “red meat” being unhealthy, which it is not, you can immediately assume they have a bias or agenda, just as the researcher’s epidemiological NON-science did. Grouping all red meat into one category is your first clue.

    Proper red meat is very healthy, whole grains are very unhealthy. The upside-down food pyramid diet guidelines have closely correlated to the exploding chronic disease rates in this country.

    I’m just sayin!

  4. Typo. My failure to proofread. Paragraph four of my prior post should read:

    “Like elk or deer, 100% pastured, grass fed, never-fed-grain beef bears little resemblance to factory beef.”

  5. Cancer wasn’t crrated yesterday. The ancient Greeks wrote about it. There are many potential causes for cancer, and it is impossible to identify them all. Cancer is not one disease. but many. It might better be described as an effect. It’s what happens when the DNA in a cell gets corrupted in a specific way and then replicated instead of repaired, and the cells grow out of control. Your body should function better at repairing broken DNA and eliminating these alien cells, but as we age the repair processes of the body slowly break down. Children with the aging disease progeria suffer from all the diseases we attribute to aging, from liver spots to heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Although we will soon cure many forms of cancer with new viral treatment modalities, it is important to remember that we all suffer from the same genetic disease: physical aging. Most of our efforts should go into halting and reversing that disease, whether based on the free radical theoru or the neuro endocrine theory or other models. Cancer gave us a beautiful opportunity to observe a model for fighting physical aging. Cancsr cells, although they have short telomeres, are called immortal cells because they defy the Hayflick limit and can replicate and live on forever. This is largely due to the production of telomerase, which protects the telomeres from free radical damage. Telomerase is itself not a carcinogen, and is found naturally occuring in astragalus. We can conquer the disease of aging as well as all cancers. It can happen in your lifetime. The adeno associated virus serotype 2 has already shown us how to kill cancer. Now let’s cure aging.

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