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Worldwide cancer statistics


  • 14.1 million adults in the world were diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
  • There were 8.2 million deaths from cancer in the world in 2012.


Stats, info and publications

See our Key Stats for a summary of the main stats and information.

See in-depth statistics for Incidence and Mortality.

Explore the data with our interactive incidence map and interactive mortality map.

Download our publications about these statistics:

The latest incidence and mortality statistics available for cancer worldwide are 2012 (estimated). Find out why these are the latest statistics available.

All cancers combined excludes non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC); The ICD codes for all cancers combined are ICD-10 C00-C97 (excluding C44). Some common cancers are defined using slightly different ICD codes in this section than used for the UK data on their types of cancer pages.

See an explanation about how data quality worldwide is relevant to interpreting these stats.

Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's statistics and information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are also available.


We would like to acknowledge the work of the International Agency for Research on Cancer and their GLOBOCAN database.

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Updated: 14 February 2014