Worldwide cancer mortality statistics

Deaths

Deaths from worldwide cancer, 2012

Common cancers

Almost half of all cancer deaths are lung, liver, stomach or bowel cancer, 2012, worldwide

There were 9.6 million deaths from cancer worldwide in 2018.

In 2018, there were an estimated 9.6 million deaths from cancer (all cancers combined excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) worldwide: 5.4 million (56%) in males and 4.1 million (44%) in females, giving a male:female ratio of 10:7.7.[1]

The four most common cause of cancer death worldwide are lung, bowel (including anus), stomach and liver cancers, and account for more than four in ten (44%) of all deaths.[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 method.

Last reviewed:

The UK mortality rate for all cancers combined (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) is ranked lower than two-thirds of Europe (rank 28 of 40).[1]

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

The four most common causes of cancer death in the UK are different to those in 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 mortality rate for all cancers combined (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) is ranked higher than two-thirds of the world (rank 63 of 185).[1]

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

The four most common causes of cancer death in the UK are different to 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 method.

Last reviewed:

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