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Worldwide cancer Key Facts

Worldwide-graphicKey messages on incidence, mortality, risk factors (causes) and a summary table of the statistics for cancer worldwide are given here.

More comprehensive information and statistics for cancer worldwide is here: incidence and mortality.

The latest statistics available for all cancers worldwide are; incidence 2012 (estimated) and mortality 2012 (estimated). Source years are specified in the statistics table. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.


About cancer worldwide

Cancer incidence and mortality statistics for cancer worldwide are taken from the International Agency for Research on Cancer GLOBOCAN database and also the World Health Organisation Global Health Observatory and the United Nations World Population Prospects report.

Find out more about the coding and counting of this data.

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How many people die from cancer?

Read more in-depth worldwide cancer mortality statistics.

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What causes cancer?

Read more in-depth cancer risk factors.

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Cancer worldwide statistics table

CANCER WORLDWIDE STATISTICS Males Females Persons Country Year2
Number of new cases per year 7,427,148 6,663,001 14,090,149 Worldwide 2012
Incidence rate per 100,000 population1 205.4 165.3 182.3
Number of deaths per year 4,653,132 3,547,898 8,201,030 Worldwide 2012
Mortality rate per 100,000 population1 126.3 82.9 102.4

1. World age-standardised    2. Latest estimates available

More detailed worldwide cancer statistics can be found using these links: incidence, mortality and risk factors.

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Updated: 14 February 2014