There were 17 million new cases of cancer (all cancers combined excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) worldwide in 2018: 8.8 million (52%) in males and 8.2 million (48%) in females, giving a male:female ratio of 10:9.3. The World age-standardised (AS) incidence rate item shows that there are 204.7 new cancer cases for every 100,000 men in the world, and 175.6 for every 100,000 females.
The four most common types of cancer worldwide are lung, female breast, bowel (including anus) and prostate cancers, and account for more than four in ten (43%) of all new cases.
- International Agency for Research on Cancer, GLOBOCAN 2018 accessed via Global Cancer Observatory. Accessed September 2018.
About this data
Data is for: worldwide, 2018.
Some common cancers are defined using slightly different ICD codes in this section than used for the UK data.
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