Worldwide cancer incidence statistics

Cases

New cases of cancer worldwide, 2018

Common cancers

More than 4 in 10 of new cases of cancer are lung, female breast, bowel or prostate cancer, 2018, worldwide

Projection to 2030

Cancer incidence rates projected increase 2018-2040, worldwide

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1]

References

  1. 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.
See the full details of data and methods.

 

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It is predicted there will be 27.5 million new cancer cases worldwide each year by 2040, if recent trends in incidence of major cancers and population growth are seen globally in the future. This is an increase of 61.7% from 2018 and is expected to be higher in males (67.6% increase) than in females (55.3% increase).

References

  1. International Agency for Research on Cancer, GLOBOCAN 2018 accessed via Global Cancer Observatory. Accessed September 2018.

About this data

Data is for: worldwide, 2018 projected to 2040.

Some common cancers are defined using slightly different ICD codes in this section than used for the UK data.

Caution should be taken with this data as historic trends of particular cancers may not have been taken into account, the current ASR may have only have been mapped onto population growth projections.

See the full details of data and methods

 

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The UK incidence rate for all cancers combined (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) is ranked higher than two-thirds of Europe (rank 11 of 40).[1]

All Cancers Excluding Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer (C00-C97 Excl. C44), Number of New Cases, World Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK compared to Europe, 2018

The four most common types of cancer in the UK are the same as for Europe.[1]

References

  1. 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.

See the full details of data and methods

 

Last reviewed:

The UK incidence rate for all cancers combined (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) is ranked higher than 90% of the world (rank 16 of 185).[1]

All Cancers Excluding Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer (C00-C97 Excl. C44), Number of New Cases, World Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK compared to Worldwide, 2018

The four most common types of cancer in the UK are the same as those worldwide.[1]

References

  1. 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.

See the full details of data and methods.

Last reviewed:

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