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. Wow.. Nice to know that those country where cancer rate is lowest, has low standard quality of living or the majority of citizens are middle-class while most country where cancer rate is highest are 1st-world country where the majority of citizen has highest standard of living which are envied by people from 3rd-world countries. I guess it has something to do with the diet and lifestyle. 🙂

  2. They should have done this by countries with the same life expectancy. Curve for that and you get a better understanding of what may be preventing cancer. Likely goes back to diets and overblown chemical industries.

  3. My father died due to blood cancer, he was +85 he was very fit, no sugar, no blood pressure, no cholesterol. But he was diagnosed blood cancer, acute leukemia, he lived one year after diagnosis, he lived 1 year healthy life just with blood transfusion. He was admitted with acute obstruction of stomach with unbearable pain, fainted very in 2 or 3 days never came back. His life style was village life with hard working mostly eat bionic food milk, and meet. He was fond of deer hunting which was common in our desert type villages. His friend also died due to blood cancer with same surroundings, he was also fond of deer hunting and eat the deer as my father, he died around +90, his all other organs were healthy no sugar no blood pressure, etc, my fathers 2nd friend also died due to blood cancer, he was also fond of deer hunting and eating deer meat, he died in young age around 50. I am not relating deer meat with blood cancer. But just putting the similarities to assess the rising situation of Blood Cancer, i have also doubts that some type of controlled radiation instrument can create blood cancer, or some medicine good for one disease can generate other disease blood cancer.

  4. The reason why many developed countries has many people who have cancer is because of their toxic foods and smoking level in youth is high,that why they are likely to get it in their old age,we should more often think about our daily diet and take care of ourselves.

  5. Randy, Very astute point re: grains & chronic inflammation. Could you point me in a research info. direction, stats., etc. A new example although short term in nature, is the inflammation effect of a PRP proceedure used to heal many injuries. For a short time, blood work goes off the scale with very elevated PSA & CRP(C-reactive protein) numbers. Send any info. to pneall@gmail.com.

    Thank you in advance. Hope you read this. P

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