Cancer Rates by Country and More Facts About Cancer

The figures for 2012 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer put the new cancer cases at 14.1 million that year. Deaths for that year were 8.2 million. Estimates say that by 2030, there should be as many as 21.7 million new cases of cancer along with 13 million deaths related to the disease. It is probable that the cancer rates by country will further increase in the future as Western lifestyle habits spread, including poor diet, smoking, and physical inactivity, affecting developing countries as well.

Cancer Rates by Country

To get a better idea of the cancer rates, take a look at the following data from 2011. The information is listed in terms of the number of cancer cases for every 100,000 people.

Ranking

Country

Overall Rate

Male Rate

Female Rate

1

Denmark

326.1

334.7

325.3

2

Ireland

317

355.9

285.1

3

Australia

314.1

360.5

274.4

4

New Zealand

309.2

337.6

287.1

5

Belgium

306.8

351.3

275.7

6

France

300.4

360.6

254.9

7

United States

300.2

335

274.4

8

Norway

299.1

338.4

270.3

9

Canada

296.6

325.9

275

10

Czech Republic

295

348.8

259.1

11

Israel

288.3

303.7

280.4

12

The Netherlands

286.8

306.3

276.5

13

Luxembourg

284

324

254.4

14

Hungary

282.9

352.3

235.6

15

Iceland

282.2

305.5

265.6

16

Germany

282.1

330.7

245.7

17

Uruguay

280.3

354.4

230.7

18

Italy

274.3

310

251.6

19

French Polynesia

269.6

289.7

256.8

20

Switzerland

269.3

313.2

236

21

Slovenia

267.9

319.6

232.9

22

United Kingdom

266.9

280

260.5

23

Croatia

263.1

315

229.3

24

Republic of Korea

262.4

309.4

234.4

25

Slovakia

260.6

320.2

223.4

26

Sweden

252.1

269.6

241.2

27

Finland

249.8

271.3

239.8

28

Lithuania

244.4

316.5

207.8

29

Chinese Taipei

244.1

282.3

208.5

30

Mongolia

242.2

281.5

210.8

More Facts About Cancer

Now that you know the cancer rates by country, here are more facts about cancer.  

1. It Is the Leading Cause of Death.

Cancer is considered to be the top cause of death around the world. In 2008, it accounted for about 13 percent of all deaths, 7.6 million.

2. It Is Preventable.

In over 30 percent of cancer cases, it could be prevented by modifying or removing important risk factors. These include smoking tobacco, being overweight, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, being physically inactive, contracting a sexually-transmitted HPV infection, pollution in urban areas, and indoor smoke from using solid fuels at home.

3. Its Survival Rates Differ.

Certain types of cancers see dramatic differences in the survival rates, depending on whether the patient is in an economically developing or developed country. The five-year survival rate of breast cancer, for example, is 32 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa but 81 percent in the United States. Developed countries are more likely to have early detection and treatments which can lower death rates.

4. Lung Cancer Is the Most Common One.

Among males, lung, prostrate, stomach, colorectal, and liver cancer were the most common while females most commonly were diagnosed with breast, colorectal, cervical, lung, or stomach cancer. Overall, lung cancer was diagnosed in 1.8 million people (13 percent of cancers diagnosed); breast cancer received nearly 1.8 million diagnoses (12 percent); colorectal cancer had 1.4 million (10 percent of diagnoses); prostate cancer was at 8 percent with 1.1 million people; stomach cancer at 7 percent with 0.95 million; liver cancer at 6 percent with 0.78 million; and cervical cancer at 4 percent with 0.53 million.

5. Lung Cancer Is Also the Top Killer.

The most common cancer causing death was lung cancer, affecting 1.6 million people or 19 percent of cancer deaths. Liver, stomach, and colorectal were each responsible for 9 percent of cancer deaths, affecting 0.75 million, 0.72 million, and 0.69 million people, respectively. Breast cancer killed 6 percent or 0.52 million people.

How to Prevent Cancer

Now that you know the cancer rates by country and which are the most common, find out how to prevent cancer and stay healthy.

1. Avoid Fructose and Sugar

Up to 80 percent of cancers are caused by environmental factors or genetic mutations that mimic or enhance insulin's effect on the tumor cells. Because of this, experts suggest not having more than 25 grams of fructose a day, though 15 grams is ideal.

2. Increase Vitamin D Intake

Multiple studies have shown that vitamin D deficiencies are linked to cancer development. Experts suggest that around 30 percent of deaths due to cancer could be prevented by getting enough vitamin D.

3. Exercise More Regularly

Exercise reduces the risk of cancer in several ways, including by reducing any insulin levels that are elevated. This in turn makes a low-sugar environment that discourages the spread and growth of cancer cells. 

 
 
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